AFC: K-Electric FC defeated Khoromkhon FC by a lone goal in the second game of the AFC Cup Playoff Qualifiers yesterday at the Changlimithang Stadium.

Substitute striker Abayomi Oludeyi (Sunday) broke the deadlock in the 75th minute.

For most part of the game, the ball remained in the centre of the ground.

K-Electric FC had the upper hand in terms of the physical dominance but clumsy passes gave away several opportunities to the Mongolians.

K-Electric FC’s head coach, Majid Shafiq, dedicated the victory to their independence day today. “It’s a very special victory for the team and it’s going to be a double celebration for us,” he said.

Coach Shafiq thanked the host country for their hospitality and the love for the game. “It’s a stepping stone for both the countries. We hope the game prospers in the future. We surely will take football to the next level in Pakistan with this experience.”

Khoromkhon’s coach S Purevsukn said that the team is not deterred by the lost. “We’re a young team. We lost today but we’ll come back strong the next time,” he said.  “We’ll come more prepared and we’ll deliver better in the next match.”

In the third and final game of the qualifiers, Druk United will face Khoromkhon FC on Saturday. If United wins by a single goal, K-Electric and United will have four points each and the team with the least yellow card will be declared winners.

If Khoromkhon FC wins the third game, K-Electric will move into the next round. And if United wins by two goals, the Bhutanese will advance into the next round of the qualifiers.

Younten Tshedup