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AFC lauds Shahrdari Sirjan women's soccer team

Tehran, IRNA - Asian Football Confederation (AFC) lauds Shahrdari Sirjan women's soccer team, saying that " Shahrdari Sirjan bid to stay perfect, Gokulam Kerala seek first win".

According to Asian Football Confederation (AFC) official website,  India’s Sree Gokulam Kerala FC will be eyeing their first victory while Shahrdari Sirjan of Islamic Republic of Iran will bid to stay perfect when the two sides meet in the AFC Women’s Club Championship 2021 at the Aqaba Development Corporate Stadium on Tuesday.

Accordingly, Gokulam Kerala suffered a 2-1 defeat against Jordan’s Amman Club on Matchday One, while Shahrdari Sirjan cruised to victory with a similar scoreline over Uzbekistan’s FC Bunyodkor.

Gokulam Kerala enjoyed a good start against Amman, taking a first half lead on the counter-attack courtesy of Elshaddai Acheampong’s fine strike.

However, a switch in formation for Amman made all the difference as Gokulam conceded twice in the second half, with strikes from Maysa Jbarah and Samia Ouni paving the way for the come from behind victory for the Jordanians.

“In the first game against Amman, we couldn’t convert some of our chances and that cost us dearly in the game,” said India head coach Priya PV. “Amman played very well on the flanks and that is something we will work on in the next match.

“We will not change our style of play and will stick to our attacking football. We’re still in this and we will aim for the three points.” 

AFC lauds Shahrdari Sirjan women's soccer team

It was a different scenario, however, for Shahrdari Sirjan who raced off the blocks against Bunyodkor to open their account in the sixth minute through Roghayeh Jalal Nasab before Zahra Alizadeh scored with a wonderful lob in the second half with Dildora Nozimova scoring a consolation.

“Playing against Bunyodkor was very tactical and technical but we read their game and were able to come out victorious,” said Shahrdari Sirjan head coach Maryam Nejati.

“We treat all of our games like it is the final. Tomorrow will be no different against the Indian side (Gokulam Kerala) and we plan to take the same approach.

“We’re fully focused on the game against India and will do our best to collect the three points. Even though we’re less familiar with Indian clubs, we will analyse with the team and decide which is the best way to approach the game.”

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