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2nd Sheikh Kamal Int'l Club Cup: TC Sports, Pocheon face off in grand finale

Update : 03 Mar 2017, 12:31 AM
This is the very first time either of the clubs will contest the final of an international tournament. The second edition of the Club Cup has turned out to be a crucial event for both clubs as none want to go home without the title, especially TC Sports, who are eagerly waiting for the final. The Maldives government has been keenly following the development of TC Sports in the Club Cup. The club's head coach Nizam Mohamed informed that their Youth and Sports Minister Iruthisham Adam was effusive in his praise of TC Sports. “Even the minister has mentioned it on the media thanking myself, the management, the players and the rest of the officials for the great achievement. The president personally called the management of TC Sports and congratulated the club,” said Nizam on Thursday. TC Sports are a relatively new club in the Maldives top-flight as they got promoted to Dhivehi League for the first time two years ago. “We are financially strong. [Thursday] I got the news back from home that the government of Maldives, and the president took initiative to merge the premier division teams with government companies. Which means we will be financially stronger. This is very good day for Maldives football,” he added. TC Sports players take part in a practice session DHAKA TRIBUNEPocheon are also very excited for their latest achievement but pledged to finish the job well. South Korea are one of the top teams in Asia but Pocheon come from the K-3 league. The league is not considered professional as there are no promotion system in South Korea like the other leagues in Europe. However, club coach Kim Jae Young argued that they are no less than the clubs from the upper tier in Korea. “We are in the K-3 league but even if we play against the clubs in K-2, K-1 league, we don't lose. I don't find any difference between us and the clubs in the upper division,” said the Korean coach, who added that they came to Bangladesh with the “mindset of playing the final”. Pocheon and TC Sports faced each other in the last match of the group stage which ended 1-1. The Maldives club finished top, beating the likes of Bangladesh champion Dhaka Abahani Limited and Kyrgyzstan top tier winner FC Alga Bishkek, while Pocheon beat title holder Chittagong Abahani in the semi-finals.WHAT THEY SAIDNizam Mohamed, TC Sports Club coachIt's going to be a very tough game. It won’t be easy for us. I am very confident but not over confident. I know the opponent are very strong and with due respect, we will try to come out of the game.Kim Jae Young, FC Pocheon Citizen coachWe are very happy to reach the final of the Club Cup tournament. Since we made it to the final, we are basically planning to end the game and ready to take the trophy back home. If the players do their best and play according to my instruction, we will win the game.
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