News • April 26, 2016

Tigers Confident Of Three Points Against New Radiant

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Written by: Aysha Ridzuan

Balestier Khalsa FC will take on Maldivian side New Radiant SC in the AFC Cup at Jalan Besar Stadium on Tuesday night.

The Tigers will be going into this game on a high after grabbing their first win in the Great Eastern Yeo’s S.League last week against Garena Young Lions.

They are also aware that anything less than three points could see their dream to progress to the next round remains a dream.

Coach Marko Kraljevic believes playing at home will be a huge advantage for his team on Tuesday.

“I think playing at home on an artificial pitch will give us an edge in tomorrow’s (Tuesday) game. We need to pressure them quickly and get an early goal,” said Kraljevic.

“It’s good that qualification for the next round is still in our hands. If we can win tomorrow and the last game (against Kitchee SC), we can still go through.”

This game will also force Kraljevic to change his game plan as they will be missing their main striker Miroslav Kristic, who is suspended for this game.

“We are missing players and we have only one foreigner (defender Emir Lotinac) playing tomorrow,” said the Croatian.

“You know since the start of this season, we have had a lot of problems upfront.

“We need more creativity and hopefully attacking players like Jamil (Ali) and Syafiq (Zainal) who will start tomorrow can give us more creativity in the attacking third.”

Meanwhile, New Radiant who had no chance to go through to the next round after collecting only two points from four games, remains positive that they will put up a good performance.

“Tomorrow’s match will be a big challenge for us. Balestier is a good team. But in the first game I think we put up a good fight, created a lot of chances but we couldn’t convert them,” said coach Iordan Stoykov.

They will be without first-choice goalkeeper Sulemana Abu after he was sent off during their 2-0 loss to Kitchee two weeks ago but

However, Stoykov is hopeful that his second-choice goalkeeper can perform as good as his first.

“I’m confident in the abilities of our stand-in goalkeeper. As we have yet to win (in the AFC Cup), I hope we will perform well and get our first win tomorrow,” said the Bulgarian.