Home United FC’s campaign in the Singapore Premier League as well as the AFC Cup in the new season got off to a perilous start, however they now have the opportunity to salvage their season.
Last season’s ASEAN Zone winners were expected negotiate a Group H featuring Philippines’ Kaya FC-Iloilo, Indonesia’s PSM Makassar and Laos’ Lao Toyota with relative comfort — especially with them having overcome Filipino and Indonesian opposition on their way to the inter-zone play-offs in the 2018 edition.
However, the Protectors have had their work cut out in the group stages in AFC Cup 2019 having suffered a confidence-wrecking 5-0 defeat to Kaya on Matchday 2 following a 1-1 draw with PSM Makassar in the opening week.
Can Home United triumph in Lao Toyota to stay in contention for the knockout stage?
Their form in the Singapore top flight hasn’t been very inspiring either. Last season’s runners-up are third from bottom after playing six matches. They have half of those matches and only have seven points to show for their efforts in the league.
But will a scrappy 1-0 win over Lao Toyota in their last AFC Cup group game help turn around the fortunes for Home United? Abdil Qayyim Mutalib popped up to head in the winner for the Singapore side against their opponents from Laos at the Jalan Besar Stadium.
And with other results in the group going slightly in their favour, that win has helped Home remain just one point behind table-toppers Kaya and PSM who both have five points apiece.
AFC Cup 2019: Home United 1-0 Lao Toyota (Abdil Qaiyyim 45′)
And if they can register another win over Laos this week and their other two group opponents cancel themselves out with a draw, it could even mean that Home United will end Wednesday at the top of Group F.
They will have tougher challenges waiting in the form of PSM and Kaya in the final two group games, but head coach Saswadimata Dasuki will telling his players to focus one match at a time to get them past the group stages of the AFC Cup 2019.