Dhaka: Abahani Limited Dhaka's gameplan for their 2019 AFC Cup Inter-Zone Semi-final against 4.25 is simple - not allow the DPR Korea side to play their brand of football.
The two teams go head-to-head in the first leg at Dhaka's Bangabandhu National Stadium on Wednesday with head coach Mario Lemos saying six-time Bangladesh Premier League champions Abahani determined to continue their fairy-tale run in the AFC Cup.
It is the first time a club from Bangladesh has progressed to the AFC Cup's Inter-Zone Semi-finals but Lemos said they are not yet satisfied.
Dhaka: Head Coach O Yun-son said DPR Korea's 4.25 SC are confident of winning when they take on Bangladesh’s Abahani Dhaka Limited in the first leg of the 2019 AFC Cup Inter-Zone Semi-final on Wednesday.
It may be a first meeting between the two sides but O said his team's lack of familiarity isn't a concern as 4.25 are confident of their abilities.
The DPR Korea side's AFC Cup pedigree is unquestionable as this is their third consecutive appearance in the Inter-Zone Semi-finals, a record which puts them on a firm footing against an Abahani side making their first appearance at this stage of the tournament.
Dhaka: Abahani Limited Dhaka are far from daunted at having to play DPR Korea's 4.25 SC in the 2019 AFC Cup Inter-Zone Semi-final.
The South and East Zonal winners face off in the first leg at the Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka on Wednesday and the Abahani players are raring to continue from where they left off in the group stage.
The six-time Bangladesh Premier League champions advanced with a record of four wins, one draw and one defeat to reach their first AFC Cup Inter-Zone Semi-final and striker Nabib Newaj Ziban said this has whetted their appetite for more success.
Kuala Lumpur: As the 2019 AFC Cup Inter-Zone Semi-finals draw ever closer, the-AFC.come looks at some of the key stats and facts involving the four teams involved.
The clashes see ASEAN kings Hanoi FC of Vietnam take on Central Zonal champions Altyn Asyr of Turkmenistan and South Zonal champions Abahani Limited Dhaka go up against their East Zone counterparts 4.25 SC of DPR Korea over two legs.
The reward for the winners is a place in the Inter-Zone Final, meaning the stakes are high ahead of the first legs on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Kuala Lumpur: There are just five days to go until the 2019 AFC Cup returns with the two-legged Inter-Zone semi-finals, and the sides now just four matches away from November’s final.
The games see Vietnam’s Hanoi FC up against Turkmenistan’s Altyn Asyr and Abahani Limited Dhaka of Bangladesh face DPR Korea’s 4.25 SC as the Zonal champions from the ASEAN, Central, South and East square off.
With this Inter-Zone format only in its third year since the AFC Cup was remodelled, the-AFC.com looks back at the four previous match-ups from this stage of the Continental competition.