Last year’s I-League Champion Team Minerva Punjab will host Nepal’s Manang Marshyangdi Club in a round three fixture in Group E of the 2019 AFC (Asian Football Condeferation) Cup at the Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneshwar, on 1st May Wednesday.
— Odisha Sports (@sports_odisha) April 30, 2019
Both the team have arrived in the city. Team Minerva Punjab welcomed their opponents when they reached last night at Biju Patnaik International Airport ahead of the match .
📸 Minerva Punjab welcomed officials & players of #ManangMarshyangdi in #Bhubaneswar at their arrival in Biju Patnaik International Airport last night #MFCvMMA#Warriors #ChakDePhatte #MinervaInAsia pic.twitter.com/qshzYDQTCC
— MINERVA PUNJAB FC (@minervapunjabfc) April 30, 2019
After the goalless draw with fellow Indian side Chennaiyin FC in their group opener, Minerva Punjab were close to registering their first win in the second round but Abahani Limited Dhaka came back twice to pick a point in a 2-2 draw.
Samuel Lalmuanpuia and Mahmoud Al Amna’s additions have provided the much required bite up front with the Syrian scoring one of the goals off a delightful cross by Makan Winkle Chote in the last match.
Though Minerva were lucky to score twice, their defence has been a bit suspect and were cut open twice by Abahani Dhaka.
Head coach Sachin Badadhe will also expect his foreign striker in Kalif Alhassan open his account.