BFC confident of victory in North Korea

BFC takes a 3-0 lead into the game, having won the first leg in emphatic fashion at home last month, and will be confident of advancing to the Inter-Zonal final.

Bengaluru FC midfielder Erik Paartalu in training at the Kanteerava Stadium, in Bengaluru, on Saturday, prior to their departure for DPR Korea where they take on 4.25 SC in the second leg of their AFC Cup Inter-zonal semifinal, on Wednesday.   -  Special Arrangement


Bengaluru FC will seek to complete the task at hand when it meets North Korean side 4.25 SC in the second leg of their AFC Cup Inter-Zonal semifinal at the May Day Stadium here on Wednesday.

BFC takes a 3-0 lead into the game, having won the first leg in emphatic fashion at home last month, and will be confident of advancing to the Inter-Zonal final.

BFC was initially scheduled to travel to Pyongyang on Friday (September 8), but DPR Korea’s Foundation Day Celebrations meant the side had to postpone its departure to Sunday. BFC thus landed in the city only late on Monday, after transiting through China. “It would have been ideal to arrive a little earlier which would have given our boys enough time to get used to the conditions," said BFC head coach Albert Roca. "But it is what it is. We want to hit the ground running and I hope it turns out to be a good experience.”

Roca has almost an entire squad to choose from with no suspensions or injuries to worry about. However, Dimas Delgado, Lenny Rodrigues and Harmanjot Khabra are walking a tightrope after having been booked in the first leg; another booking will see them suspended from the Inter-zonal final should BFC make it through.

The game kicks off at 5 p.m. local time (2 p.m. IST) in Pyongyang on Wednesday.