Chittagong, October 23: Gokulam Kerala FC face Malaysian club Terengganu Football Club in their second match of Sheikh Kamal International Club Cup at the MA Aziz Stadium here on Thursday, kick-off 7 PM IST.
- Gokulam Kerala FC play two-time Malaysian Premier League champions Terengganu FC
- Terengganu FC defeated I-League champions Chennai City FC in their first match
- Henry Kisekka is doubtful for the upcoming match
The Durand Champions had stunned Bangladesh Premier League winners Bashundhara Kings, 3-1, in the first match. The Malaysian club has also had convincing victory in their opening match as they defeated I-League champions Chennai City, 5-3, in a high-intensity match.
“The team had the right attitude and we were able to maintain it throughout the match. We had a good defensive balance and we were effective in the attacks also.”
The players showed good tactical consensus and a high degree of competitiveness, which helped us to win the match in style,” explained Gokulam Kerala FC head coach Fernando Santiago Varela on the victory.
But the coach does not want to be complacent and warned about the level of the Malaysian club. “The next opponent is very strong as they play in a competitive league. We should show same fighting spirit and try to develop according to our style. The match is important and we need to win it,” he said.
Henry and Nathaniel Garcia were the standout performers in the victory. But the Ugandan striker was subbed off due to an injury in the second half. “We are assessing whether is possible to play him tomorrow or not. It is important that the referees are aware of such fouls that can physically damage the players. It should not be allowed,” he said.
The coach is satisfied with Nathaniel Garcia’s improvement. “He joined us late but has adapted quickly to our game. We need all players and they have understand our work philosophy. I am satisfied with Nathan’s work ethick,” he added.
About Terengganu Football Club
The Malaysian Club’s Brazilian-Japanese striker Bruno Suzuki was the star in the match by scoring four goals to rout Chennai City. They also have a strong midfield marshaled by their captain Lee Tuck.
The club has won several accolades in the previous years and has won Malaysian Premier League twice.