K-Electric won’t be playing just one home and away play-off to reach the group stage of the AFC Cup next year but they will need to win three games against different opponents to reach the tournament proper, Asia’s football governing body said.
And to aid their preparations for the playoff, K-Electric will be taking part in the Sheikh Kamal International Club Championship in Bangladesh in October.
The magnitude of Oludeyi Abayomi Sunday’s winner for K-Electric in their AFC Cup Playoff Group ‘A’ match against Khoromkhon in Thimpu on Thursday was such that it was celebrated with great fervour back in his home country Nigeria.
K-Electric claimed a crucial 1-0 win at the 2016 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup qualifiers against Mongolian side Khoromkhon FC at the Changlimithang Stadium.
Former Bahraini defender Mohammad Shamlan ultimately quit as Pakistan football team coach last week after his two-year contract expired.
The ongoing problems at the Pakistan Football Federation mean that the national team may not be competing in international tournaments any time soon but national champions K-Electric (KE) will be representing the country at the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup qualifiers in Bhutan from August 9.
K-Electric’s newly-hired England-based coach Majid Shafiq and players Irfan Khan and Shani Abbasi reached Karachi on Friday to join the camp which will begin here at the Steel Mills ground on Saturday.
When K-Electric (KE) make their first appearance in an international competition next month, Majid Shafiq will be providing all the technical, tactical and strategic know-how from the dugout.
Pakistan Premier Football League champions K-Electric strengthened their line-up ahead of the 2016 AFC Cup play-off qualifiers when they hired two England-based players and a coach of Pakistani origin.
Pakistan’s midfielder Saddam Hussain also feels that. “It’s absolutely necessary to raise the league standard,” Saddam told ‘The News’ in an interview here on Friday.