Preview - Semi-final: Thai Son Nam FC vs Nagoya Oceans
Bangkok: Three-time champions Nagoya Oceans and 2018 runners-up Thai Son Nam are equally confident ahead of their AFC Futsal Club Championship Thailand 2019 semi-final at the Bangkok Arena on Thursday.
Oceans, having reached the semi-finals six times in eight AFC Futsal Club Championship appearances, will rely on experience against a Thai Son Nam side who ended the Japanese club's campaign in the 2018 quarter-finals.
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Oceans impressed in the group stage - which included a 3-2 win over Mes Sungun Varzeqan - and, despite spirited resistance, saw off Vamos FC 3-1 in the quarter-finals.
They have scored 13 goals with Pepita hitting five but head coach Juan Zamora said Oceans will be even better in the semi-finals.
“We will play with added intensity and we will be prepared,” promised Zamora, who will welcome back captain Ryuta Hoshi from suspension.
The competition's most successful team, Oceans are determined to atone for last year's quarter-final stage elimination by Thai Son Nam.
Thai Son Nam will not be lacking confidence either after having shown tremendous spirit in advancing with three wins from a tough Group B.
They overwhelmed Shenzhen Nanling Tielang of China PR 5-1 in the quarter-finals and with Kazuya Shimizu - with seven goals to his name - leading them, Thai Son Nam will pose Oceans a huge challenge.
Head coach Pham Minh Giang is confident of a victory as he said his players are in peak condition.
“Nagoya Oceans are a very strong side but our performances have been improving with every match and if we keep our momentum going, we can beat anyone."
Thursday - Semi-final (local time): Thai Son Nam vs Nagoya Oceans (15:00).
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