AFC Cup playoff match against regional giants Bengaluru FC has been described as the biggest match of career by TC Sports boss Mohamed Nizam. Nizams TC Sports will host runners-up of 2016 AFC Cup; Bengaluru FC on Tuesday evening at National Stadium. After a week, TC will travel to Bangalore for the second leg of the playoff.
Speaking exclusively to Maldivesoccer ahead of the crucial game, Nizam says the match is the biggest challenge for him so far in his footballing career.
“Unarguably this is the biggest match of my career”.
“This is also the most important match for TC in the history of the club”.
Furthermore Nizam noted that he is very much aware of how strong Bengaluru FC is and his game plane will be prepared based on the knowledge about them.
“We have to accept the fact that Bengaluru is the strongest opponent in the region and we respect them fully for that”.
“We have to be fully concentrated from the first whistle to the final whistle as they have players who can change the game at any time”.
TC Sports as the runners up of Dhivehi Premier League 2017, secured a slot in the the AFC Cup qualifying round beat Saif Sporting Club of Bangladesh in 4-1 aggregate. Meanwhile as the champions of Federation Cup of India, Bengaluru FC secured a slot in the qualifying round. Bengaluru FC was held goalless by Bhutan Transport United in the first leg and Bangaluru won three goals to nill in the second leg to qualify for the playoff round.
Bengaluru has played in the AFC Cup against Maldivian sides in the last two years winning all games both at home and at Maldives.
“I know it’s not a new place of them. Also I know that they will be aware of Maldivian style of football and Maldivian players. I know they have a good track record here in the National Stadium”.
“But TC will be a new team for them. I hope they will not forget the result we made in the last two games in the preliminary round of AFC Cup”.