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Himawan: We can surprise Nagoya

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Yogyakarta: As the clock wound down at the Gor Uny in Yogyakarta, the intensity was just revving up as Vamos FC trailed 2-3 against Dalian Yuan Dynasty FC in a Group A tie at the AFC Futsal Club Championship Indonesia 2018 on Friday.

As Dalian looked destined for their first win of the tournament, Vamos applied the power play in a last ditch attempt to salvage the tie.

As luck would have, Bagus Himawan came to Vamos’ rescue with less than seven seconds left to send the home fans into a frenzy when he levelled the score to pick up a valuable point for the home side..

Himawan, who did not start the match, scored his third goal of the tournament and was ecstatic.

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“It was such a relief to level the scoreline like that. Words can’t explain the feeling of scoring a goal with just seconds left ... I’m just happy to help the team avoid defeat.

“It is not just me who scored the goal. The whole team worked really hard for that goal. It was a collective effort and we’re very proud.” said Himawan

“When we were down by two goals in the second half, we didn’t give up and kept fighting till the end. We motivated each other to push forward and that helped us.

“I want to thank all the Vamos supporters out there.They have been awesome throughout the tournament, their support is very important to us.”

Vamos must win their next match for a chance to advance into the knockout round. They will play Japan’s Nagoya Oceans in the final Group A match on Sunday and Bagus believes Vamos can pull off an upset.

“We face the three-time champions Nagoya Oceans in our next match, they are an experienced side and have been very solid so far.

“It will be the first for Vamos to face such a huge team like Nagoya and we will work hard as a unit to produce the best result for Vamos. I’m confident we can surprise them on Sunday."


Vamos head coach Reza Falahzadeh was in high spirits and the Iranian was confident of his team’s chances against Nagoya.

“Nagoya are a very strong team, with plenty of experience but we are Vamos and we are not worried about the match. We have to stay focused and we will analyse our mistakes and fix our problems before the next match,” said Falahzadeh.

Photos: AFC

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