TC Sports, Kyrgyzstani playmaker Anatoliy Vlasichev scored a hat trick to lead his side to the playoff of AFC Cup beating Saif Sports 4-1 aggregate. Anatoliy who scored at the away game too, scored thrice at home soil of TC to beat Saif Sporting 3-1.
As TC wins both games, they are now set to face regional superpowers Bengaluru FC on the playoff to secure a slot in the group stage of AFC Cup 2018.
Speaking exclusively to maldivesoccer, TC Boss Mohamed Nizam expressed his satisfaction over the performance of his boys.
“As I expected, they tried long balls especially in the first half trying to score. But my boys defended well and did not give much chance for them”.
Furthermore Nizam noted the excellent performance of his second goalkeeper Ibrahim Nadheem Adam. Nadheem has to play as TCs foreign goalkeeper is suffering from a serious injury since the first game.
“Nadheem is new to this level, but he has proved himself as a reliable goalkeeper”.
TC will host Bengaluru FC in the playoff in the first leg on mid-February.