In an exciting AFC Cup showdown, two-time AFC Cup inter-zone semi-finalists, Mohun Bagan Super Giant, are poised to strengthen their position at the summit as they prepare to face Maziya Sports & Recreation from Maldives in a Group D South Zone AFC Cup fixture. The action unfolds at the iconic Salt Lake Stadium on Monday.
Mohun Bagan Super Giant Sets Sights
The reigning ISL champions made a commanding start to their AFC Cup group campaign, trouncing Odisha FC with a resounding 4-0 victory. Meanwhile, their opponents, Maziya, also put on a strong performance in their opening match, securing a 3-1 win against Bashundhara Kings from Dhaka.
Currently, both Mohun Bagan and Maziya boast three points each in the group standings. However, the Kolkata-based powerhouse Mohun Bagan holds the top spot, courtesy of a superior goal difference. Under the guidance of their coach, Juan Ferrando, the team is determined to clinch another victory to bolster their chances of qualifying for the next stage.
With only the South Zone group winners advancing to the Inter-Zone semi-finals, there’s no margin for error in Group D. Ferrando’s squad is well aware of the stakes and is eager to continue their impressive run.
Speaking at the pre-match press conference on Sunday, Ferrando acknowledged the significance of the upcoming clash: “This match is special because Maziya won their last game. We’ll give our all to secure the three points. It promises to be an intriguing match, not without its challenges, but we’re determined to fight for the win.”
The Mohun Bagan attack has been firing on all cylinders, with Dimitri Petratos leading the way in front of goal. Sahal Abdul Samad and Liston Colaco have also showcased their goal-scoring prowess, each netting a goal in the triumph over Odisha FC. With a star-studded lineup this season and recent victories in the Durand Cup, Ferrando’s men are primed to make a third consecutive appearance in the inter-zonal semi-finals.
Mohun Bagan enters the match on the back of a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Bengaluru FC in the Indian Super League, with Hugo Boumous delivering the decisive strike. This win marked the defending champions’ second triumph in the tournament, further boosting their confidence ahead of the AFC Cup clash.