Hong Kong’s South China will face Yangon United of Myanmar in the AFC Cup on Wednesday.
With two games remaining, Indian side Mohun Bagan sit atop the Group G standings with 10 points followed by Yangon with five points. Maldivian outfit Maziya Sports & Recreation are third with four points and South China are at the foot of the table with three points.
Yangon and South China are in desperate need of a win in order to boost their hopes of qualifying for the last 16.
South China began their AFC Cup campaign with a 2-1 to Yangon before falling 4-0 to Mohun Bagan in Hong Kong. In their third match, they lost 2-1 away at Maziya but beat them 2-0 in the return leg on April 13.
South China’s players to watch out for include forward Chan Siu Ki and midfielder Law Hiu Chung as they both scored in their last game.
In the 2015/16 Hong Kong Premier League, South China lost 2-1 at home to Eastern on Friday and in their last five matches, they have one win, two draws and two losses. They currently occupy third on the standings after 15 games.
With South China in a precarious position on the Group G standings, coach Ricardo Rambo acknowledged that his side must come out on top.
“We really need to take advantage of this home game and we are going to give it all our effort to win the match and get three points,” he told reporters. “I watched their previous matches and their players are aggressive and attack-minded. We need to pay attention to them and make sure we keep a clean sheet.”
Yangon started off their AFC Cup journey with a 2-1 win at home against South China and then drew 1-1 at Maziya. They lost 3-2 in India against Mohun Bagun before drawing the return leg 1-1.
Forwards Kyaw Ko Ko and Marcelo Fernandes are the danger men for Yangon, having scored five goals in the competition between them.
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 April 7, Yangon beat Zwekapin United 2-0 at home.
Yangon coach Marjan Sekulovski acknowledged that beating South China will be no easy feat, but he made it clear his side will give it their best shot.
“I do not like to talk about our team’s winning chances, but as long as we give our best that should be okay,” he said. “I would rather let our performance on the pitch speak for itself. There will always be a winning chance if we play to our best.”
South China and Yangon will clash at Mongkok Stadium in Hong Kong at 19:50 HKT on FOX Sports.