Al Qadsia coach expresses cautious optimism

Kolkata: Assistant coach of Al Qadsia, Ahmed Dashti expressed cautious optimism about the outcome of their AFC Cup group D league match against East Bengal.

Interacting with the mediapersons here this evening, Dashti said, "Even though East Bengal have not done well in the recent matches but they are a good side and we have enough respect to our opponent."

Dashti informed that though they have 10 national players in their club, but only four of them accompanied then this time. They also have two foreign recruits from Syria in their fold.

Al Qadsia is now leading the Quwait national league table. Dashti hoped they would be able to force their first victory in AFC Cup this season.

East Bengal coach Philip De Ridder admitted that his team is now passing through a bad phase as they lost a series of matches since the second stage of I-league began.

"Where there is a will, there is a way," Ridder said and added that he hoped his boys would go all out to turn the tide this time.

Ridder said in the two earlier AFC cup matches East Bengal played well but finally lost those matches because of tiredness.