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Abahani face Manang Marshyangdi in AFC Cup today
Abahani Limited all set to face Manang Marshyangdi Club of Nepal in their group E home match of the AFC Cup with both the teams expressing high hope to win the today's match.
The match kicks off at 5.45 pm at Bangabandhu National Stadium.
Addressing at a pre match press conference held on Tuesday at conference room of Bangladesh Football Federation Abahani's Portuguese coach Mario Lemos firmly said, tomorrow's match is biggest match for them and they would give their best effort to win the match.
He said boys have been playing good football and hoped they would able carry out their performance by winning tomorrow's crucial match.
The Portuguese coach said as they have no option left but to win the match against Manang Marshyangdi Club so they would play by creating pressure on Manang Marshyangdi Club.
Striker Nabib Newaz Jibon doesn't want to miss up the chance of win as the match is going to be held in their home ground. He said they don't want to give up the chance and hope to qualify in the next stage by winning the match.
Jibon replying to a question said he is trying to get back his rhythm by scoring goal as it's a big challenge for him to score in the tomorrow's match. On the other hand, Manang Marshyangdi Club's head coach Chirring Lopsang Gurung said his players were highly motivated but at the same time careful ahead of match Dhaka Abahani.
Gurung said boys are well prepared and fully fit. The only problem they are facing here right now is hot weather which they are trying to manage.
The Manang Marshyangdi's coach said they have been taking good preparation for the long time keeping ahead of the AFC Cup. Despite losing their home match against Abahani, boys are motivated and upbeat to play fighting football in the tomorrow's match.
Gurung, replying to a question, admitted that his team has some weakness in striking zone which they are working on it to resolve the problem.
Manang Marshyangdi captain Biraj Maharjan said they are taking the match very seriously against Abahani as the match is very important for them. He said they would give their best to win against Abahani as the local side is very strong opponent.