Kaya-Iloilo battles Singapore’s Home Utd

by Jonas Terrado

Kaya-Iloilo looks to score a win on its home debut away from home against Singapore’s Home United in the AFC Cup at the Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City.

Denied of a full three points in a 1-1 draw to Lao Toyota in its opening assignment, Kaya is determined to redeem itself in the 3 p.m. match against the reigning ASEAN Zonal champions.

The inaugural winner of the Copa Paulino Alcantara was forced to play its AFC Cup home matches in Bacolod due to the failure of the Iloilo City Sports Complex to meet the tournament’s stringent stadium requirements.

Regardless, Kaya is eager to get into the win column in order to boost its quest to top Group H.

Coach Noel Marcaida’s Kaya almost sneaked out a victory in Vientiane when Joven Bedic struck the opener inside 20 minutes, only to see Lao Toyota produce an equalizer before stoppage time.

Kaya-Iloilo remains hopeful though that it can still play at its home turf.

“We are working remedy that maybe we can still play at the Iloilo Sports Complex as the AFC Cup progresses,” said Jing Jamlang, Kaya FC-Iloilo media and marketing director.

“Of course, we wanted to play here. But it just not possible.” (With a report from Tara Yap)

Tags: AFC Cup , ASEAN , ASEAN Zonal , ASEAN zonal champion , Home United , Kaya-Iloilo