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KRL vow to give productive result

Pakistan’s Khan Research Laboratories Football Club coach Tariq Lutfi has shown his determination to qualify for the main round of the AFC Presidents Cup by beating Erchim FC of Mongolia. KRL will meeting Erchim FC of Mongolia in the opening match of the AFC President’s Cup qualifying round while Taipei FC Team’s of Chinese Taipei is the third team in business.
“We will be gunning for a berth in the AFC President’s Cup finals as all the preparation to face the opponents are taken care of,” said Lutfi. Participating for the second time in the competition after ending the dominance of Wapda in the Pakistan Premier League last season, KRL will face debutants Erchim FC of Mongolia in the opening match followed by another important tie against defending champions Taiwan Power Company on May 12. Group A has only three clubs after Bangladesh’s Dhanmundi Club opted to withdraw from the competition. Despite having the defending champions in the group, former Pakistan and current KRL coach Tariq Lutfi is confident of qualifying for the finals in September. “We want to gain precious three points by beating the Mongolian club,” Lutfi said. “Taiwan Power Company is a good team and it’s unlikely that Mongolian side will get past them. So we just need to get the better of Erchim to qualify.”
KRL will welcome six Pakistan U-22 internationals back into the side after they went to Thailand for friendly matches under Serbian coach Zavisa Milosavljevic. “They are coming after international exposures so they will make a huge difference,” Lutfi added.
KRL had a difficult debut in the AFC President’s Cup two years ago when they finished with a single win over Cambodia’s Nagacorp in Group B qualifiers held in Yangon.
KRL captain Samar Ishaq said “his team will go all out to demonstrate productive results in the event while having the opportunity to play in their own back yard and home crowd. “It is not easy to beat the title holders, Chinese Taipei and a strong Mongolian side but despite all that we will be united for a collective cause of bringing glory“, he said.
Lutfi praised the talent in his team and said no matter how strong their opponents are they are full determined to struck excellent performance to rise to the expectations.
The AFC Competitions Committee has confirmed Phnom Penh Crown (Cambodia), KRL Football Club (Pakistan) and FC Istiklol (Tajikistan) as the hosts for the Qualification Round of the 2012 AFC President’s Cup.
A total of 12 clubs from across the continent are featuring in Tuesday’s draw for the qualification round where three groups of four teams are vying for the top-two finish to secure place in the six-team knockout stage.
The 12 confirmed participating clubs for this year’s competitions are: Dhanmondi Club (Bangladesh), Yeedzin FC (Bhutan), Phnom Penh Crown (Cambodia), Taiwan Power Company (Chinese Taipei), Dordoi Dynamo (Kyrgyzstan), Erchim (Mongolia), Nepal Police Club (Nepal), KRL Football Club (Pakistan), Al Amma’ri Youth Club (Palestine), Ratnam Sports Club (Sri Lanka), FC Istiklol (Tajikistan) and Balkan (Turkmenistan).
Taiwan Power Company are the defending champions following their dramatic 3-2 win over Phnom Penh Crown in the final played at Kaohsiung National Stadium. Being the winners of their respective domestic leagues, both the finalists of 2011 will be featuring in this year’s competition.
Meanwhile, Erchim FC will represent Mongolia who was given a President’s Cup slot from this year onwards filling the void created after Myanmar clubs were granted a place in the AFC Cup. The top two teams from each group will qualify for the finals to be played from September 24 to 30, 2012 and the hosts of the finals will be announced later.
May 8: KRL Football Club (Pak) vs Erchim FC (Mon)
May 10: ERCHIM FC (MON)-Taiwan Power Company (Tpe)
May 12: KRL (PAK)-Taiwan Power Company (TPE).

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