Male', MALDIVES - Maldives national team coach Darren Stewart has said that the Maldives will be looking forward to win Tuesday's AFC Asian Cup Qualifier against Oman.
Australian born coach, Darren Stewart said that they don't have any pressure due to their previous game and they will be looking for a win even though they lost their first leg against Oman by 5-0.
"The players started the training with a high note to forget about our defeat to Oman. And I am very hopeful about getting a good result against Oman tomorrow." Said Stewart.
The best two teams will be qualified from each group to the 2019 AFC Asian Cup. Palestine is leading the group D with nine points from three games. Oman lies on second position with six points and Maldives is in third position with three points. Bhutan lies on bottom of the table without a point.
"Still we are hopeful of getting a good result. If we managed to win tomorrow's game against Oman we will get 6 points. So, we will work for that. There will be advantages always when playing at the home ground and I hope the supporters will back the players even though they don't like me." Stewart added.
"The truth is that we aren't fully prepared for this qualification. Oman held a five week training camp in Austria before our first leg and I salute them for their effort. It doesn't mean that we didn't get training camps and friendly games. I wish and hope that we will get a better result in the upcoming qualification based on this." Said the Australian.
Maldives captain Ali Ashfaq is injured and will not play against Oman tomorrow.
Darren Stewart also reiterated that he will never give the chance to Ismail Easa to play for the Maldives national team under his time.
The match is scheduled to be kick off at 2100 hours at the National Football Stadium.