Kim tells Caroliners to get it together in AFC tie

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 23 March, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 23 March, 2010, 12:00am

South China coach Kim Pan-gon has demanded his team perform against Indonesian side Persiwa Wamena in their AFC Cup clash at Siu Sai Wan Sports Ground tonight, or else their Asian Champions League dream will be over.

The Caroliners, who reached the semi-finals last year, are facing elimination after collecting only one point from their first two matches in group G.

Kim said: 'We need the three points to revitalise our hopes and the players must be fully focused. But we respond well in difficult situations.'

The Korean lamented the poor finishing in a surprising 1-0 loss away to VB of Maldives in their last match.

'There is little I can do if the player hits the ball high over the bar from three metres. They are professionals,' he said. 'As a coach, I can encourage them, give them confidence and urge them to be focused.'

Kim, however, felt there was little wrong with the air quality, despite the pollution index hitting 400 yesterday. 'I did not realise the problem. Everything seems normal,' he said.

Marksman Chan Siu-ki, who came on as a substitute against VB, is likely to start on the bench again for tonight's tie as he's been troubled by a stomach complaint since his return from the Maldives last week.

Tales Schutz, who did not play against VB, will take up the attacking role along with Leonardo da Silva, who has yet to open his account in the AFC Cup, despite hitting seven goals in domestic competitions.

Persiwa captain Foday Eddie said they had no problems with the air quality at Siu Sai Wan yesterday.

'Hong Kong is cool and the conditions are similar to back home,' said Eddie, a Liberia international.