Filipino club Kaya FC will be gunning for important wins in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup 2016 on Tuesday.
Kaya, which lost in the last outing against Hong Kong’s Kitchee Sports Club in Manila on April 26, will be on the run to secure seat in the knockout phase.
The men in yellow will be clashing against New Radiant SC of Maldives at the National Football Stadium in Male.
With just a two-point edge against the trailing Balestier Khalsa FC of Singapore in the standings, Kaya is in a must-win situation to qualify for the next round of games in the AFC Cup.
Despite starting their campaign with an opening day loss against Kitchee, Kaya bounced back with three consecutive wins to earn their respect as one of the contenders in Group F.
The team grabbed back-to-back triumphs at the Rizal Memorial Stadium in Manila in the two-game home stand against Balestier and New Radiant.
Kaya registered its largest win in the competition with a 3-0 drubbing of Balestier Khalsa at the Jalan Besar Stadium in Singapore before once again falling to Kitchee, 0-1.
On the other hand, Ceres La Salle FC which took the honor of being the first club from the country to seal a ticket to the AFC Cup round of 16, will be battling Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club of Bangladesh at the Panaad Park and Stadium in Bacolod.
According to coach Frank Muescan, there is no pressure for them to win the game as they are already qualified for the next round but stressed that they will still be gunning for a victory nonetheless.
“It will be better if we win so we’ll end up on top of the standings. The players’ morale are very high at the moment because we did not expect that we’ll be able to play for the top one seed in our group,” he added.
Ceres, owning a record of two wins and three draws, currently holds a soft grip on top of Group E with just a point above Malaysian side Selangor FA following the scoreless draw on April 26.
During the previous meeting between the Busmen and Sheikh Jamal, it was the former who came snatched three points with a convincing 2-0 victory in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
JAELLE NEVIN REYES