MANILA, Philippines – After an unsuccessful debut game, Global FC will seek to redeem themselves for their upcoming match against Malaysia’s Pahang FA in the group stage of the AFC Cup at the latter’s home turf on Wednesday, March 11.
As the last remaining Philippine football club in the competition, Global FC aims to bounce back after a heartbreaking 6-1 loss against South China AA of Hong Kong in front of their home crowd at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium on February 25.
On the other hand, the Malaysian club managed to conquer Yadanarbon FC’s home stadium in Myanmar for their first game in the continental club football tilt after a late game goal that gave the club a 3-2 edge at the end of regulation.
The two club’s recent games in their respective domestic leagues are also in the same tempo as their opening day bouts in the AFC Cup as Global FC was handed their first loss in the UFL by local rival Kaya FC while Pahang recently notched a win in the Malaysian Super League against Sime Darby FC.
“I think right this moment the players are pretty low. Hopefully we get their spirits up and set we off very much proud to represent the Philippines and we’ll do our best,” said coach Leigh Manson during the post match press conference after their loss to Kaya.
Global flew into Malaysia earlier on Monday, March 9 with a depleted line-up as their team captain Misagh Bahadoran will be out for the match due to an injury, according to the club’s website.
Manson also added that they are expecting a big turnout for the game, as Pahang’s fan base is one of the largest in their country with an average of 13,756 attendees per game at the 40,000-seater Darul Makmur Stadium.
“It should be a big crowd. We’re stepping into the unknown for some of the players,” he ended. – Rappler.com