Preview: Yangon United v Mohun Bagan

Myanmar side Yangon United are up against India’s Mohun Bagan in Group G of the AFC Cup on Wednesday.

In the group standings after three games, Mohun are well in charge of proceedings with nine points, ahead of both Yangon and Maldives’ Maziya Sports & Recreation Club on four points. Hong Kong side South China have lost all their games.

In their opening match of the AFC Cup group stages, Mohun won 5-2 at home over Maziya and followed that up by thumping South China 4-0 in Hong Kong. In their most recent match, Sanjoy Sen’s side downed Yangon 3-2 in India.

As a result, a win on Wednesday will ensure the Indian outfit’s progression to the knockout phase.

“We need at least another win to secure our place, so we will be looking for that, but we will have to respect our opponents who are a very good team,” said Sen.

In domestic action in the 2015–16 I-League, Mohun are second on the table just two points behind leaders Bengaluru FC, who are on 29 points. League form seems to have deserted Mohun of late as they have not won in their last four games.

The Mohun star players in the AFC Cup are Jeje Lalpekhlua, who has scored five times, and Cornell Glen and Sony Norde, who have both scored three goals. They will, however, be without attacker Norde who is injured.

Yangon kicked off their AFC Cup campaign winning 2-1 at home against South China then drew 1-1 in Male with Maziya, before losing 3-2 in India against Mohun.

Coach Marjan Sekulovski is hoping for a better result this time around.

“In our first game against Mohun Bagan, we knew little about them, but I was very satisfied with my players, despite the result,” said Sekulovski.

“When you play away and score two goals at the very least we would have expected a point. But now we have more knowledge on Mohun Bagan and we will try our best tomorrow for a good result.”

Domestically in the Myanmar National League, Yangon are in fourth place on the table with 19 points from 11 games, well behind league leaders Yadanarbon FC, who sit on 29 points.

In their last match on Thursday, Yangon beat Zwekapin United 2-0 at home after losing 3-2 away against leaders Yadanarbon on April 2.

The men to watch out for in the Yangon outfit in the AFC Cup is forward Kyaw Ko Ko, who has scored twice, and Brazilian forward Marcelo Fernandes, with three goals to his name.