Sheikh Jamal host Selangor on Tuesday evening at the Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka in a must-win game for the hosts.
Sheikh Jamal are yet to score a goal in this year’s AFC Cup and have suffered two heavy defeats to Tampines Roves and Ceres-La Salle. This poor start has left them at the bottom of Group E without a single point and a goal difference of negative six.
While this is the Bangladesh Premier League winners’ first appearance in this prestigious continental competition, coach Shafiqul Islam Manik is still confident his side can turn things around and register a positive result on Tuesday evening.
“Selangor are a better side than their recent results suggest so we will have our backs against the wall,” said Manik.
“But the time for practice is over, we have to be cautious about not conceding from silly mistakes. And we have good goal scorers so I am hopeful.”
Yeasin Khan is unavailable for selection after he picked up a red card against Ceres.
Selangor, who occupy third place in Group E with one point, will need to react strongly from their disappointing 1-0 home defeat by Tampines on Matchday Two. The Red Giants have not progressed to the knockout phase of the AFC Cup since 2013.
“We have already played two games and collected one point so the group is still open provided we get three points,” said coach Zainal Abidin Hassan.
“We are confident, but not overconfident, and will not underestimate the home team. There is pressure, but we need to be mentally strong.”
Mohamad Kamal is unavailable for selection as he is serving a suspension.
This is a significant blow for Hassan’s men as Kamal is one of only two members of his squad who have scored a goal in this year’s competition.
The game kicks-off at 20:30 HKT and is live on FOX Sports.