After beating Yangon United 2-1 in a Group G clash in the AFC Cup on Wednesday, South China’s coach Ricardo Rambo believes that his team can now progress to the next phase of the competition.
Mahama Awal’s late goal against a Yangon United side that had only ten players on the field after Kyaw Ko Ko received a red card secured all three points for South China.
The result means that the Hong Kong club’s fate is now in their own hands as they lie second in the group with six points, a point ahead of Yangon United and Maziya.
South China’s final game is against Mohun Bagan who have already secured top spot in the group with 11 points.
A win for Rambo’s men will guarantee progression. However, if Yangon United and Maziya draw then South China simply need to replicate that result.
Rambo was impressed with how his players reacted to the pressure of being involved in such an important game on Wednesday and is confident they can use this momentum to get past Mohun Bagan and into the knock-out stages
“The players were under quite a lot of pressure as we had been unable to get results in recent local matches,” said Rambo.
“And we knew that only the win today (Wednesday) can bring us life in this competition.
“We now have a great chance to qualify. It was a great effort from every player, they showed that they have good quality and good capacity to go to the next round.”
On the contrary, Yangon coach Marjan Sekulovski said the game got away from his team when they were reduced to ten players.
“We played a good match when we played 11 against 11, the two crucial moments were the penalty and the red card,” Sekulovski began.
“I think we deserved at least one point today, but it’s too bad.
“If we can win in our last group game against Maziya, and results elsewhere go our way, we should still be able to qualify.”