Monday, October 16, 2017

ASIA CUP: Ponacha knows the score...

OMAN coach A.K. Ponacha, from India, knows that his men are in for a torrid 60 minutes in their last Group B match of the Asia Cup in Dhaka, Bangladesh, today.
  Statistics are too damning for Oman to even dream of pulling off an upset. 
  Malaysia beat China 7-1, while Oman lost to China 2-1. 
  Malaysia beat South Korea 2-1, while Oman were hammered 7-2 by South Korea.
  "We know its going to be the toughest Group B match for us, but on the other hand, we have nothing to lose but much to gain by playing against higher ranked opponents," said Ponacha.
  The part-time Oman players are ranked 30th in the world, while a professional and full-time Malaysian squad is 12th.
  "Most of our players are working either with the Army or Police and we get together during weekends to train. And before the Asia Cup, they were preparing for the Indoor Asia Cup (in Qatar, April) so we trained whenever we could after the indoor," said Ponacha.
  Interestingly, in the Indoor Asia Cup, Malaysia beat Oman 7-5 in the fifth-sixth classification match even though we have only recently taken up the indoor game to prepare for the Sea Games.
  Oman will be beaten today, only the score is yet to be determined.