PHILIPPINE champion Global Football Club will battle Hong Kong’s South China AA at 8 p.m. tonight in its debut in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium in Manila.
The country’s lone representative in the second-tier competition in Asia, Tacloban-based Global is competing in Group G against South China AA, Myanmar’s Yadarnabon and Malaysia’s Pahang.
“Of course there’s pressure on us, this is our home. We’re going to go 100 percent,” said Global skipper Misagh Bahadoran, also a member of the Philippine men’s football team.
“We’ll treat this game as a challenge for us,” said team manager Dan Palami, who is also the Azkals’ team manager.
“We have to make sure that Global represents the Philippines well in the AFC Cup.”
South China AA has won 44 club championships in its more than 100 years history in Hong Kong.
Global remains the only Filipino team in the competition after Maziya eliminated Ceres-La Salle last week in a qualifying match held in Maldives.
After facing South China, Global will play two more home games against Yadarnabon on April 15 and Pahang on May 13 both at the Rizal Memorial Football field.