AFC Cup 2019: 5 talking points as Philippines’ Kaya FC-Iloilo inflict embarrassing 5-0 defeat on Home United

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Kaya FC-Iloilo put defending ASEAN Zonal champions Home United FC to the sword as they thrashed the Singapore Premier League side 5-0 in a Group H encounter on Wednesday. 

The Philippine Premier League side routed the Protectors at the Panaad Stadium in Bacolod to go top of Group H of the continental completion after two rounds of matches.

Here are five major talking points from the high-scoring game…

1) Silly goalkeeping error triggers the rout

AFC Cup 2019: Kaya FC Iloilo 1-0 Home United (Darryl Roberts – 2′)

It was a game that Haikal Hasnol will want to forget! However, chances are that he will have nightmares about it for the foreseeable future. The Home United FC goalkeeper had a disastrous outing between the sticks for his club and it was his mistake that led to the opening goal. The 23-year-old custodian failed to collect a floating corner kick from Kaya FC gifting Darryl Roberts with an easy opportunity to head in — as early as in the second minute of the game.

The visitors did not recover from that early setback and Haikal did not help the cause either letting a Jovin Bedic effort slip through his fingers as Kaya doubled the lead. Haikal, who made the switch from Tampines Rovers recently, never looked comfortable during the 90 minutes and he was caught in two minds for Alfred Osei’s goal that made it 4-0 shortly after the restart!

2) The defenders didn’t help either! 

AFC Cup 2019: Kaya FC Iloilo 5-0 Home United FC (Alfred Osei 55′)

It wasn’t just the goalkeeper who was at fault for the five goals — the Home United defence was equally at fault as they have now conceded 10 goals in two games! The visiting side created a good number of chances in the first half, but saw themselves 3-0 down heading into the half time — the difference between the sides? The hapless defence, obviously!

3) Braces for Darryl and Osei! 

AFC Cup 2019: Kaya FC Iloilo 5-0 Home United FC (Alfred Osei 55′)

It was Kaya FC’s international imports who delivered on the day as both Darryl Roberts and Alfred Osei scored a brace to embarrass the Singapore visitors. Roberts, the 35-year-old Trinidad and Tobago striker, opened the scoring with a header and then converted before half time with his goal poaching skills on full display. Meanwhile, Ghanaian Osei showed that he can also get on the goals for the Philippines side — goals that Kaya will desperately want if they are progress deep into the competition this season.

4) Time for change at Home? 

It looks like something has to change at Home United. It might still be early in the season, but the Protectors’ performance in the games so far has been disastrous and they need to get their house in order. And the finger will definitely point to head coach Saswadimata Dasuki. The 49-year-old former Singapore international was appointed the head coach last December after serving as an assistant to Aidil Sharin since 2017.

But Saswadimata who helped Aidil guide the team to AFC Cup zonal final in 2017 and to the title in 2018 has been unable to replicate the success after Aidil left to take charge of Kedah FA in the Malaysia Super League. And it looks like, the time is running out for the Singapore coach at Home!

5) Contrasting fortunes of two Singapore sides! 


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It looks like the roles have been reversed in Singapore football for this season as Home United, who have traditionally performed well at the continental stage falling apart, while Tampines Rovers getting the results in the AFC Cup — for a change! While Home languish at the bottom of Group H with that result, Tampines held a strong Hanoi FC to a 1-1 draw and are second in their group — level on points with the Vietnamese champions with one win and a draw.

Things have been even worse for the Protectors back home as they were at the end of a 5-1 thrashing by Tampines only last Friday — they are also bottom of the table in the Singapore Premier League with two defeats from as many matches while their local rivals Tampines sit pretty at the top with six points from two matches.