Maziya Sports and Recreation can all but eliminate Indian outfit Mohun Bagan from the AFC Cup when the two sides clash at the National Stadium in Male on Wednesday.
The Maldives outfit have been one of the surprise packages of this year’s competition, and currently find themselves in second place in Group E with two wins from three.
Traveling to Mohun Bagan for their last AFC Cup fixture, Maziya impressed with a 1-0 victory, and so they will be feeling confident of pulling off a repeat performance on home soil.
They will have to do without defender Milos Kovacevic, however, as the Serbian is suspended for the reverse fixture.
— Bikramjit Singh (@BikramFootball) May 1, 2017
Last week, Maziya boss Marjan Sekulovski was grumbling over the Football Association of Maldives’ refusal to postpone their league match against United Victory on Saturday afternoon.
Sekulovski wanted his players fresh for the all-important AFC Cup clash, but did not get his wish.
Maziya won Saturday’s game 1-0, however, and Sekulovski is confident they can pull off the double.
“Ok, we will not cry. We will go play,” he said.
“We will win against United Victory and we will try to beat Mohan Bagan on Wednesday.”
— Mohun Bagan (@Mohun_BaganAC) May 1, 2017
As for Mohun Bagan, they must also try and lift themselves after their I-League disappointment over the weekend, which saw them miss out on the title by finishing one point behind unlikely champions Aizawl FC.
Mohun Bagan had to win against Chennai City to have any chance of the title, but despite their 2-1 victory, they missed out on glory after Aizawl drew 1-1 with Shillong Lajong.
Now they have little time to recover before finding themselves in another do-or-die battle – this time on the continent.