Wofoo Tai Po faces daunting task by visiting Kedah in AFC Champions League 2020 Preliminary Stage

2020-01-20

Wofoo Tai Po is set to faceoff against Kedah (MAS) from Malaysia on Tuesday evening in Darul Aman Stadium for a crunching battle in the AFC Champions League 2020 Preliminary Stage. Kick-off time for the match will be 9:00pm. (Kedah, Malaysia local time)

By winning the Hong Kong premier league title last season, Wofoo Tai Po earned the right to compete in the AFC Champions League 2020 Preliminary Stage. However, much has changed since the New Territories side lifted the premier league trophy, as the Wofoo Tai Po squad has gone through a dramatic facelift. Former head coach Lee Chi-kin and assistant coach Li Hang-wui have both departed Wofoo Tai Po, while influential players such as Igor Sartori, Wong Wai, Alessandro Leonardo, Philip Chan and Tsang Man-fai have all signed elsewhere in the summer, leaving only Luis Chebel, Yeung Chi-lun and Michel Lugo behind.

Therefore it is no surprise that Wofoo Tai Po has been going through an indifferent season so far in the current campaign. The New Territories side got off to a slow start and failed to nail down a premier league win in its first five attempts, then went through a mini-revival by winning three straight matches in all competitions, before going through a seven-game losing streak in all competitions heading into Tuesday night’s AFC Champions League 2020 Preliminary Stage fixture against Malaysian side Kedah.

On a positive note, former Mongolia chief tactician Davor Berber has been appointed as the new Wofoo Tai Po head coach, while Ivan Kurtusic has also joined the team as an assistant. The new coaching duo should inject fresh ideas to the Wofoo Tai Po squad and all eyes will be on the New Territories side to see how the team responds to the new coaching staff.

Fung Hoi-man, member of the Wofoo Tai Po coaching staff, reveals the team has run into injury problems but will be trying its outmost to try to overcome the challenges.

“Our centre-backs are practically all injured. I hope their conditions will improve as we arrive Kedah,” Fung said.

“Luis Chebel and Benjamin Van Meurs were both rested in the previous fixture in Hong Kong and they will be playing regardless on Tuesday night. Goalkeeper Felix Luk, who has been injured, has started training once again but still needs time to regain his form. Luk’s chances of starting the game will probably be a game-time decision.”

Kedah finished fourth in the Malaysia Super League in 2019 but did triumph in the Malaysia FA Cup and narrowly missed out winning the Malaysia Cup by finishing second.

In order to prepare for Tuesday’s battle against Wofoo Tai Po, Kedah travelled to Cambodia in mid-January, competed in the Smart RSN Cup and came out on top, further sharpening the team’s overall conditions while lifting the side’s confidence ahead of the AFC Champions League 2020 Preliminary Stage fixture. Wofoo Tai Po will be best served to take notice.