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Thai Son Nam, Al Dhafra brace for test

Saturday, August 4, 2018
Miguel Rodrigo - Thai Son Nam

Yogyakarta: Thai Son Nam head coach Miguel Rodrigo is treating Sunday’s Group B tie against United Arab Emirates' Al Dhafra like a final at the AFC Futsal Club Championship Indonesia 2018.

Thai Son Nam are third in Group B with three points following their 4-3 defeat to Nafit Al Wasat on Friday and Rodrigo stressed that their final group match at Gor Amongrogo is vital for the team to progress to the next stage.

Last year, the Vietnam side lost a match in the group stage but bounced back to qualify for the knockout round and went on to finish third on home soil in Ho Chi Minh City.

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“We lost control of the game for a few minutes and it was enough for them (Nafit) to came back into the match. We dropped three valuable points and now we have to face a strong team like Al Dhafra," said Rodrigo.

“It's going to be like a final, not just for us but for Al Dhafra as well. I believe in my players so let's do it. There are many improvements to be made and I’m sure we can claim the three points.”

Al Dhafra drew 1-1 against Nafit Al Wasat in their Group B opening match but turned on the style to beat Korea Republic’s Jeonju Mag 9-2 on Friday and head coach Luis Cilleros is looking forward to facing Thai Son Nam.

“We dropped points in our first match against Nafit, today (Friday) we won 9-2 and we are going to play the next match against Thai Son Nam. We can be first, second or third, the goals will decide the outcome,” said Cilleros.

“Thai Son Nam are a very good tactical team with an experienced player in Roberto Tobe Belope. They are going to be difficult for us, as they play fast, but our team are the same. The team who make less mistakes will win the match."

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