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AFC Cup 2016 - MD2: Group D Preview

Published on: 08 March 2016

Muharraq coach Isa Sadoon is hoping success in the final of the Bahrain King’s Cup will spur his side on towards picking up another three points in the AFC Cup on Wednesday when his side take on Oman’s Fanja in Group D.

Sadoon’s side secured a 3-1 win over Riffa on Thursday to take the silverware before arriving in Muscat on Monday for the second round of fixtures in the continental championship after kicking off their campaign with a 2-1 victory over Palestine’s Ahli Al Khalil on Matchday 1.

“We’re ready for the match and hopefully our win in the cup will motivate the players to get another good result tomorrow,” said Sadoon (pictured). “I have a lot of confidence that the players will give their best and put in a good performance.

“Fanja are a good team and they are one of the best sides in Oman. However, we have prepared well for them and we want to go home with the three points because a victory tomorrow will strengthen our position in the group after our first win.”

Fanja go into the game off the back of a 3-2 defeat against Salala in the Oman league and the Muscat-based club are in need of a win after losing their opening match 1-0 against Syria’s Al Jaish.

“We have a heavy schedule which is affecting the players and this has been reflected in our results,” said Fanja coach Lotfi Jbara. “We didn’t prepare as we wanted for the match against Muharraq due to the heavy schedule that we have, which is taking its toll on us.

“Our opponents are a good team and they will go to the match with a big boost following their recent win in the Bahrain King’s Cup. We know that the match will be very hard but I hope that we can get back to winning ways through tomorrow’s match.”

Photo: Lagardère Sports


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