Thai Son Nam confident of opening victory at continental futsal champ

Wednesday, 2019-08-07 10:54:44
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Thai Son Nam’s coach Pham Minh Giang and his counterpart AGMK’s Denis Petrov at the press conference. (Photo: Vietnam Football Federation)
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NDO – Thai Son Nam FC’s coach Pham Minh Giang has expressed his hope that his players will be confident to play well and win the opening match against Uzbekistan’s AGMK FC at the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Futsal Club Championship Thailand 2019.

>>> Vietnam’s club in tough group at continental futsal champ

Speaking at a press conference on August 6, a day ahead of their Group B opener at the tournament, Giang said his side’s opponents are from a nation among the top 6 in Asia futsal, so it’s a real challenge for Thai Son Nam players in their first match.

“AGMK are tough; in the 2018 tournament they created huge difficulties for strong teams like Mes Sungun (Iran) or Bank of Beirut (Lebanon). However, I hope my players will be confident to play well and win the first game,” said Giang.

He also once again affirmed the goal of Thai Son Nam FC is to reach the final. “In 2018, we reached the finals and this year's goal will certainly be no different. It is really hard, but we will try to play well in every match to make that happen.”

AGMK’s coach Aleksandr Petrov was cautious and hailed the ability of the Vietnamese team, saying that this is the first time his side have met a Vietnamese team at the tournament.

2018 runners-up Thai Son Nam are in a tough group at this year’s tournament. (Photo: AFC)

However, Petrov was confident his club can produce a positive performance: “The first match is going to be against a very strong team who were in the final last year. We have huge respect for them, but we are prepared and ready to face them."

The match between Thai Son Nam FC and AGMK FC will take place today at 5 pm (local time) at Bangkok Arena in Bangkok, Thailand.

The Vietnamese representatives, who finished runners-up last year after losing 4-2 to defending champions Mes Sungun, fall into Group B, which is considered the toughest of the four groups at the Thai tournament this year, with the presence of Naft Al Wasat (Iraq) and Al Rayyan SC (Qatar), along with rookies AGMK FC.

Thai Son Nam will next face Al Rayyan on August 9, before wrapping up the group stage with their last match against Naft Al Wasat two days later.

The top two teams from the four groups of four will progress to the knockout stage. The annual tournament runs until August 17.