Quarter-final preview: Nafit Al Wasat v Vamos FC
Yogyakarta: Head coach Haitham Abbas says Nafit Al Wasat will not be derailed by the expected partisan support for home side Vamos FC in their AFC Futsal Club Championship Indonesia 2018 quarter-final on Wednesday.
Nafit, the 2016 runners-up, opened their 2018 with a 1-1 draw against United Arab Emitares’ Al Dhafra but followed up with wins against Thai Son Nam (4-3) and Korea Republic’s Jeonju MAG (6-1) to top their group.
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Abbas' side will be up against Vamos, who have done well despite bringing in new players who lack international match experience.
“Two years ago we finished runners-up and last year we reached the quarter-finals. It won’t be easy against the home side (Vamos) but we will give it our best,” said Abbas.
Vamos FC created history on Sunday when they became the first Indonesian futsal team to qualify for the Knockout Stage of the Continental club competition and head coach Reza Falahzadeh has stressed that his players will push hard for the win on Wednesday.
“This is the first time an Indonesian futsal team advanced into the Knockout Stage of the competition and it is a great feeling.” said Falahzadeh.
“My players don't have much experience but in the next match we will try harder against our quarter-final opponents.”
Vamos captain Syahidansyah Lubis echoed Falahzadeh’s sentiments and said his team will give it their all in the last eight: “We have a young team with little experience but for sure we will fight till the end.”
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