AFC Cup: Pune FC face Tampines Rovers in must-win game

Pune: Pune FC will be keen to log their first-ever win on the continental stage when they host Singapore's Tampines Rovers in a must-win Group-H, Round-4 encounter of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup at
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IANS March 31, 2014 20:03 IST
Pune: Pune FC will be keen to log their first-ever win on the continental stage when they host Singapore's Tampines Rovers in a must-win Group-H, Round-4 encounter of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex here Tuesday.


Despite taking the lead in the first half, Pune FC went down 1-3 to the same opponents in the previous round and thus will seek revenge at this turn-over stage of the competition.

For Pune FC (2 pts), who are at the bottom of Group-H behind Kitchee (7 pts), Nay Pyi Taw (4 pts) and Tampines Rovers (3 pts), a win will boost their hopes of qualification to the next round.

Moreover, with seven games at home, away and overseas slated in the next four weeks, a win will be vital for Pune FC's morale as they go into the hectic schedule.

Speaking at the pre-match press conference Monday, Pune FC coach Mike Snoei said: "It's our last chance to stay in contention and we will go for a good win. Tampines is not an easy opponent but we definitely want revenge for our loss against them in the last game."

Snoei also mentioned that both I-League and the AFC Cup are equally important for Pune FC.

"Last year we (Pune FC) fought very hard to qualify for the AFC Cup. I want to too see our team's ability on the Asian level. But again, I-League is also an important competition for us."

Coached by the former Singapore-international Salim Moin, Tampines ply their trade in the S-League and presently occupy first place in the standings.

Currently making their fourth consecutive and seventh overall appearance in the AFC Cup, Tampines' best ever finish was reaching the quarter-finals in 2005, 2006 and 2007.

Speaking about hosts Pune FC, Tampines Rovers Coach Salim Moin said: β€œIt is great to be here in Pune. The home side, Pune FC, have provided us with great facilities.”

β€œI respect the opponents despite our win in the previous round. However, this is a different ball game, so we want to approach it carefully,” he added.

 
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