Garcia: We must be calm and confident

Kitchee coach Abraham Garcia believes that his side will defeat AFC Cup debutants Kaya FC on Tuesday as long as they “play calmly and with confidence”.

The Hong Kong outfit will once again turn out in the AFC Cup after losing their AFC Champions League qualifier to Hanoi T&T 1-0. Kitchee enjoyed a solid showing in last year’s competition, making it to the quarter-finals before being on the wrong end of a 7-1 aggregate hammering at the hands of Al-Kuwait.

With the slate wiped clean ahead of the 2016 edition, Garcia is eager to see his side get their campaign off to a strong start.

“We played well in our game in AFC Champions League qualifying and I’m sure will do well in the AFC Cup as long as we play calmly and with confidence,” Garcia told the official AFC website. “You always have to compete and do better than the other team, and to respect them as well – we have to do our talking on the pitch and take our chances.”

Kitchee enter the clash with a full squad available, and Garcia is confident that his side will be strong enough to see off their opponents from the Philippines.

“We have international players and players who represent Hong Kong, so I am sure we’ll do very well especially at home,” he said.