Amalesh wants a packed BNS
Abahani coach Amalesh Sen has urged the fans to turn up in numbers at the Bangabandhu National Stadium today when his side face a monumental task of defeating Dordei Bishkek of Kyrgyzstan in the final Group A match of the AFC President's Cup qualifiers.
A win will only confirm Abahani a place in the finals. Dordei, who won their previous two group games convincingly, need only a draw to ensure a place in the finals of an event they had earlier lifted twice.
"I would like to urge the fans to come up in numbers so that the players get more motivated to win a match against a far better side," said Amalesh ahead of the Sunday clash. The match will start at 7pm.
"They are technically sound, physically strong and they controlled the last two games like real professionals. It is tough to beat such opponents," said the soft-spoken coach.
But he said that Abahani could still be a David beating a Goliath if 'the defence stop them from scoring and the attacking pair of Enamul Haque and Awudu Ibrahim translate even half chances into goals'.
But Amalesh, whose side won the first game against New Road of Nepal 2-0 and drew Friday's match against Hasus NTCPE of Chinese Taipei goalless, has more things to fix after Dordei coach Alexander made an interesting observation about the home side.
Alexander said after Friday's match that he was convinced with style of Abahani's play against Nepal. He also went on to say that the Nepalese side played more organised football despite the defeat.
"We will go out there to win and it won't make any difference that we are playing against the home side," said a confident Dordei coach.
Dordei, the team to beat in the meet, thrashed Hasus 5-0 in their first game and beat New Road 3-0 on Friday.