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We deserved to win against Maziya, says Nawas

Chennai: Head coach Akbar Nawas believes Chennai City FC deserved three points rather than one after settling for a 2-2 draw with Maziya S&R in their 2020 AFC Cup Group E tie  on Wednesday.

Spanish ace Fito gave the Indian side a 1-0 lead going into half-time but Maziya replied with goals from Mohammed Irufaan and Ibrahim Mahudhee Hussain before Fito salvaged a point for Chennai with a late equaliser at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.

The result leaves both teams trailing Bangladesh's Bashundhara Kings, who defeated Maldives' TC Sports Club 5-1 on Wednesday.

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Nawas felt his team should have won their opening fixture against the Maldivian club.

“We definitely deserved the three points based on the way we played, dominated the match and created chances. But a point is a point,” said a disappointed Nawas.

“In this group stage we would rather take a point than lose the match, especially on Matchday One because from my experience when you start a group game on a losing note, it is very difficult.

“But then again this is a learning curve for my players. This is the first time they are playing in the AFC Cup and now that they’ve experienced it, I hope they improve.

“In football, there is a term called the attacking principles and we were lacking one of the aspects which was improvisation. We just lacked creativity in the final third."

The former Tampines Rovers FC head coach shed light on Chennai’s lack of concentration in the second half, which allowed Maziya to score two quick goals.

“I guess if you don’t pull up your socks after letting in the first goal and to concede a second can really put you in a difficult spot, especially in international games and tournaments like the AFC Cup."

“So we have to learn from here, especially in creating more opportunities in the final third. The players will improve as they play more games.

“We have to concentrate better and put in the extra effort in training. We have to focus more on the different phases of the game and try to simulate similar match situations."

Chennai travel to Maldives on April 15 to face TC Sports next.

Photos: Chennai City FC, AFC

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