Having already established their dominance on the home track, Bangladeshi Premier League champions Bashundhara Kings are now on track to make their presence felt in the upcoming AFC Cup, which is an annual continental club football competition organized by the A Football Confederation (AFC).
Although, during the last edition of the AFC Cup, the Kings in their first season had made a big impression – with a 5-1 defeat by TC Sports of Maldives in Dhaka – before the tournament was canceled due to the outbreak of the new coronavirus.
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However, the Bangladeshi Premier League champions in Group D are now ready to take another chance in the AFC Cup, as their matches are scheduled to take place in the Maldives from 18 to 24 August. Departure for Maldives in the early morning hours at 3:30 p.m. (local time) today.
The Spanish coach of the Bashundhara Kings, Oscar Bruzon, believes that the upcoming tournament will be a challenge for all participating teams, as this version of the AFC Cup includes big names of the continental clubs, such as Maziya SR&C, Eagles Club of Maldives, and ATK Mohun Bagan, JSW Bengaluru FC from India.
“All teams will face it as a challenge, as there is no clear favorite,” Oscar told The Daily Star yesterday.
“With the analysis of our opponents, we expect tight games that will be defined in small details. For us, it will be important to start with a victory and keep alive the chances of qualifying until the last game with Mohun Bagan [August 24]”, Said the 44-year-old coach, whose accusations will start the campaign against Mazias on August 18 before facing the winner between the Bengaluros and the Eagles on August 21.
“Our opponents have a variety of game plans, but they all give them good results regularly. Maziya is a very strong team, and very good in transitions, while Mohun Bagan is consistent as a unit and it is difficult to beat. And the Eagles have sign the senior Maldives national team players for this tournament, while Bengaluru under their new coach applies a high-pressure pressure game to prevent opponents from accumulating [from the back] comfortably. We also have our own style of play. “Every game will require different adjustments, but we will be faithful to our goal of being the dominant team on the field.”
Bruzon’s charges have been consistent throughout the season to win two titles this season, thanks to their four foreign recruits, along with some talented national players boosted by the addition of Nigerian-born Bangladeshi Eleta Kingsley. the final green signal from the AFC. A big advantage for the Kings is that they would play in their top form in the Maldives, having played in the domestic league late.