Tampines Rovers’ manager, Jurgen Raab, is confident that his team will hold up their end of the bargain as they bid to qualify for the knock-out stages of the AFC Cup with assistance from Felda United.
Group G in the AFC Cup is precariously poised with one round of fixtures remaining.
Ceres are at the summit with eight points. Hanoi FC have the same amount of points but are second. Tampines are third with six points but are still very much in contention to progress to the knock-out stages of Asia’s second tier continental club competition.
For that to happen, they need to beat Ceres on Wednesday and then hope that Felda triumph over Hanoi FC.
Speaking ahead of this massive match-day, Tampines’ German mastermind, Raab, was convinced that his group of players were in the right frame of mind for the must-win match with Ceres.
He referred to the devastating 5-0 loss they suffered when they last met the team from the Philippines as a significant source of motivation.
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“If you have lost a match 5-0, nobody is happy and you know there is ambition for every player to show they can bring more than what happened in Ceres,” Raab told International Business Times Singapore.
“The match is not difficult, it is nice [opportunity] because we have the chance to overtake Ceres and nobody had expected us to be in this position for this match.
“It is the last match and all know how is the situation. With a win, we have a chance to qualify but depends on the other match [Felda vs Hanoi FC]. Our target always is to win.
“Some key players are back like Madhu and Amri so we are very optimistic for this match.”
The fixture will be played at Jalan Besar Stadium in Singapore and kicks-off at 19:30 local time.