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Minerva look for maiden AFC Cup win after sorting off-field issues

Press Trust of India  |  Dhaka 

Issues related to the non-availability of their home match venues sorted for the time being, former champions would look to notch up their maiden win in the AFC Cup when they take on here on Wednesday.

Minerva qualified for the AFC Cup on the basis of winning the 2017-18 but they had a forgettable outing in the just-concluded season, finishing second from bottom with only four wins from 19 matches.

Their Group E match against the holders at the on Wednesday will be their second match in the AFC Cup, following a goalless draw against champions Chennaiyin FC in their opening game.

Not only they struggled on the pitch, Minerva also had issues off the field as they could not get venues to host their home matches.

withdrew its initial permission to allow Minerva to host their May 1 'home' match against at Minerva's request to the bore fruit as the gave the permission later.

The Punjab-based side will still search for the venues to host their two other group matches -- against Chennaiyin FC (on June 19) and (on June 26).

Minerva said his side have come here with good preparation and are fully focused on the AFC Cup fixture.

"We are ready to play in any situation because it is where you can go through ups and downs. It is part of and we came here to secure full points," Badadhe was quoted as saying by the

"We have a strong midfield even though we have been working more on attacking and finishing. We studied Abahani and have a clear idea about each of Abahani's players. They (Abahani) secured full points against Manang, so they are a strong side," Badadhe said.

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First Published: Tue, April 16 2019. 17:45 IST