AFC – BANGKOK, Defending champions Mes Sungun Varseqan and Nagoya Oceans showed their class in their Group D opening matches at the AFC Futsal Club Championship Thailand 2019 on Thursday.
Mes Sungun began their title defence in style with a convincing 8-2 win over debutants Kazma SC of Kuwait at the Bangkok Arena.
The Islamic Republic of Iran club lead the Group D standings by a superior goal difference over three-time champions Nagoya Oceans, who came back from a goal down to defeat United Arab Emirates’ Al Dhafra 4-2.
Saeid Taghizadeh, who scored two goals against Kazma, was pleased with his team’s performance and stressed that Mes Sungun have their eyes fixed on the title.
“I’m really happy and thank God we won this game and grabbed three points. The first match is always the toughest but we could manage it.
“The Kazma team played well. Hopefully we can continue this method and this way of playing and become champions for the second consecutive year.”
Mes Sungun head coach Esmaeil Taghipour was happy with the victory over Kazma but wants Mes Sungun to score more goals.
“This is our first match but we played well and I’m happy we came up with the win. Kazma is a good side, they looked dangerous at times, but we could read their game and in the end it worked out for us.
“Mes Sungun’s aim is to score as many goals as possible. We are here to win, but at the same time the goals are important to us.”