Shah Alam: Iranian futsal maestro Vahid Shamsaee held the string together as Shenzhen Nanling Tielang FC of China showed their intent by thrashing Pasargad of the Philippines 10-2 in their opening Group A match of the AFC Futsal Club Championship 2013 Qualifiers.
Shenzhen were in total control of the match and after some early pressure, they broke the deadlock in the 10th minute of the match from where the floodgates opened.
The ambitious Chinese club will take on Tainan City of Chinese Taipei on Friday while Pasargad will try to stay alive in the championship by beating Thailand’s Chonburi Bluewave on the same day.
“Unfortunately, the opponents were much coordinated and were a tough side to beat,” fumed Pasargad coach Esmaeil Sedigh told www.the-afc.com.
“We were all over the place in the first half and in the second half we found a bit of our rhythm but we were up against a good side so it was not our day.
“However, I have watched our upcoming opponents’ matches early in the day and I am hopeful that we can exploit their weaknesses and progress in the tournament.
“This is first time we are playing international futsal and we hope there are lots of learning and experiences in the offing,” he added.
His counterpart, Wu Zhuoxi was elated with the performance of the team in their big win. “We had a strategy and boys just followed what was our plan so offensively and defensively we were on top of our opponents today,” the former captain of Chinese national futsal team, said.
“We are ready for other matches and we do hope that we do what we have done today in other matches,” the confident Chinese said.