Kaya FC-Iloilo ready for 'tough' PSM Makassar, says Bedic
Bacolod City: Kaya FC-Iloilo captain Jovin Bedic believes the Filipino side are fully prepared for Wednesday's crucial 2019 AFC Cup Group H match against Indonesia's PSM Makassar.
A Philippines international, Kaya skipper Bedic scored the club's first goal in this year's Continental campaign in a 1–1 draw against Lao Toyota, before then scoring the second goal in a stunning 5–0 win over defending ASEAN Zonal champions Home United last month.
A late equaliser salvaged a 1-1 draw at PSM Makassar a fortnight ago, and - with an intriguing return meeting in prospect - the 28-year-old forward spoke exclusively to the-AFC.com in the build-up to the clash at Pana-ad Park and Football Stadium.
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Hi Jovin, how has your experience been in the 2019 AFC Cup so far?
This is our second time playing in the AFC Cup, and so far I think it is a more difficult group than last time since we have PSM Makassar and Home United in our group, but we’ve managed to take the lead in the standings so far.
You’ve been in good form in this tournament, including scoring your first continental club goal - how did that feel?
It’s a great feeling to score for your club and I’m so happy I was able to score my first AFC Cup goal for the team.
How much confidence did the victory over last year’s ASEAN Zonal champions Home United give the team?
That win gives us a lot of confidence, since they were the ASEAN Zonal Champion but it doesn’t really matter who we face, we just execute the game plan of our coach and that’s what helped us win the game.
Kaya then scored deep into stoppage time to claim a draw away at PSM Makassar – how important could that goal be in terms of your qualification hopes?
That was an important goal for us, because if we lost the game they would have gone top of the group. It would have made things hard for us to qualify, since only one team progresses to the knockout stages.
What did you learn about your opponents that day?
I think they were tougher than we thought, they have the height advantage and are good at set-plays. We have already spoken about that in training, though, so we’ll be ready for the game tomorrow.
How does the team feel ahead of tomorrow’s game knowing that you will move three points clear of Makassar with a win?
We’re ready for a tough battle tomorrow. If we can get the win, we’ll be three points clear of them and cementing our place at the top of the Group.
Was there a target at the beginning of the group stage, and has that target changed since?
None really, we just take one game at a time. Whoever we face, we just work on making it difficult for them to beat us.
At the beginning of the AFC Cup, we didn’t expect much. We had a new coach, new players and a new structure in the team.
But after we beat Home United in our stadium it gave us more confidence and trust in each other to do better in this competition.
What would you consider success for Kaya in this season’s AFC Cup?
For me, I think, our unbeaten run so far in the competition can already be considered a success.
Hopefully, we can get the win tomorrow and continue our unbeaten run in the tournament.
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