Johor Darul Ta’zim travel to Yangon to face Myanmar’s Magwe FC in the AFC Cup and the Malaysian team are desperate to record a win despite the challenging conditions they are set to play under.
Magwe are making their debut in the AFC Cup this year and while Johor have not lost in the group stages of this competition since 2014, the Myanmar outfit will fancy their chances against the Malaysian giants as the heat is expected to work in their favour.
Temperatures are expected to soar up to 37 degrees on Tuesday. Though Malaysia is relatively hot, humidity in Yangon is at a higher level.
Johor are also not used to playing matches under such conditions as Malaysia Super League fixtures are held during the night.
Couple the searing warmth with the fact that Johor have played 11 matches in just 43 days and one can see why Magwe have a chance to cause an upset on Tuesday.
However, Johor midfielder, Nazmi Faiz Mansor, has said that there will be no excuses from his team.
“I will give my 100% focus and commitment if I’m picked to play against Magwe FC,” he told Johor’s official website.
“The tight schedule cannot be used as an excuse for being unprepared.
“My aim in the match is to give my best for the team.
“On the pitch, I will put my focus on controlling the ball calmly and working hard to help the team achieve victory.”
Johor boss, Benjamin Mora, is expected to make some changes in order to ensure that there are some fresh legs that start the match.
The likes of Brian Ferreira, Aidil Zafuan Abdul Radzak, Amirul Hadi Zainal and Mahali Jasuli could all get a run.
In the opening round of fixtures in Group F of the AFC Cup, Johor beat Boeung Ket 3-0 while Magwe lost to 1-0 to Global FC.
This promises to be an extremely interesting encounter if not an overly exciting one.
The match kicks-off at 17:00 (HKT).