Preview: Group A
Yogyakarta: Vamos FC head coach Reza Falahzadeh has a point to prove as the hosts kick start their 2018 AFC Futsal Club Championship in Yogyakarta on Wednesday.
Falahzadeh’s side face Victoria University College of Myanmar in their Group A opening match and the Iranian is confident Vamos can collect three points against the debutants.
“Vamos feel like a new team as we have changed many players in the last couple of months. Those players’ contracts were up and we have brought in new players and we need some time to perform as a unit.
“With respect to the other teams, I feel we can make it in this tournament and hopefully into the next round.
“We know the Myanmar futsal team and facing them will be very difficult but my players are focused for tomorrow and we will take the three points.
Making their first appearance in the competition, Victoria University College players will be tested in Yogyakarta and coach Htay Myint wants his team to stay focused.
“This is the first time we are participating in the AFC Futsal Club Championship and we only had two matches to prepare for this tournament.
“We are grouped with three-time champions Nagoya and the other teams are also good and we will have a lot of work to do.”
“Matches in this group will be difficult, We have never played Vamos before and our plan is to stay focused.”
Three-time AFC Futsal Club Championship winners Nagoya Oceans return after a year’s absence and will open against newcomers Dalian Yuan Dynasty FC.
Head coach Pedro Costa believes his team have what it takes to reach the quarter-finals despite missing last year’s edition.
“It was the first time we were absent from the competition, but we won the league and we are here now.
“We will try and reach the quarter-finals and after that, we will have to evaluate each match. Every team will be aiming for the top prize and we will try our best to go as far as we can.”
Dalian Yuan Dynasty are making their second appearance in the competition as head coach Lee Jian Lei is hoping his young side can bring their league form into the Championship.
“We had a tough preparation as the team was involved with the China Futsal Super League which ended 10 days ago.
“Most of our players are very young and playing in this tournament will be a good chance for them to develop themselves.”
August 1 (Local time)
Vamos FC v Victoria University College
Venue: Gor UNY
Nagoya Oceans v Dalian Yuan Dynasty FC
Venue: Gor UNY