The Maziya Sports & Recreation Club from the Maldives are up against Burmese outfit Yangon United in Group G of the AFC Cup at the National Stadium in Male on Wednesday.
In their opening match, Maziya were hammered 5-2 by Indian side Mohun Bagan in India and will be hoping to get a positive result against Yangon, who beat South China 2-1 at home in their opening match.
In the group standings Maziya are currently sitting at the bottom and Yangon are second behind Mohun on goal difference.
In their last four league matches, Maziya have won twice and lost twice, they are currently fourth on the Dhivehi Premier League table.
Yangon have been in great form of late winning their last four league matches and are sitting in third spot on the National League table seven points off the top spot.
The visitors will be hoping Kyaw Ko and Marcelo Fernandes do a repeat of what they did against South China by scoring for their side on Wednesday.
For Maziya, Imaaz Ahmed scored in their last AFC Cup match against Mohun while the second goal was an own goal from defender Raju Eknath Gaikwad. Maziya will be hoping that they are able to get something more tomorrow.
Maziya coach Ali Suzain wants the team to bounce straight back from their defeat to Mohun Bagan.
“We lost our first match but this will be a good opportunity to forget that bitter result,” said Suzain.
“They have played 10 competitive games and are in good shape but this will only be our second so that will be a big problem for us. Yangon are not new to this stadium either so it will be a tough test for us.”
Yangon’s coach Marjan Sekulovski, meanwhile, is bracing for a tough challenge against the best that the Maldives has to offer.
“It will be a tough match for us as they have 14 national team players, so I can say we’re playing the Maldives national team,” said Sekulovski.
“Yes, we have played 10 games which has helped us improve our match fitness, but whoever works harder on the pitch will win tomorrow’s game.”