Tuesday, November 25, 2008


New Radiant get ready for Vietnam


New Radiant’s coach Stoikov has said that he expects the best performance from his players during the upcoming Binh Duong Television International Football Tournament held in Vietnam.

In the first ever press interview after Stoikov’s return to the Maldives, he said to after this evening’s practice session, that the opposition teams in the tournament are strong.

“The opposition teams are strong. They play Korean football and it would be very difficult for us”

When questioned about the departure of key players from New Radiant, coach Stoikov said that now it’s time for them to build up a team

“It’s time for us to build up a team and am sure we can give a very good fight with the current squad. They have the potential to grow and New Radiant never gives up! We want to win championships and the tradition would continue”.

Stoikov also highlighted the importance of the tournament

“The players do not get much International match experience and this would be a huge chance for them to boost up their talent. It would give them match experience before the local tournament”

Stoikov also noted that all the players except Thoriq (Tom) is fit to play in the tournament.

“I can’t say anything about the fitness of Tom at the moment. But other than that all the players are fit to play”

When asked about his return to the Maldives, Stoikov joked with a smile on his face.

“I have been suffering the last two years. I always have a special place for Maldives. I have been closely following Maldivian football and I was really happy when Maldives won SAFF Championship”

Stoikov has been the most successful coach New Radiant has ever signed. He was in the whelm of the club, when New Radiant went in to the semi finals of the AFC Cup in 2005. Stoikov’s return is also marked with three foreign players, including brothers Urumov Andrey Kolev and Urumov Spas Kolevm and Kosturkov Yanko Blagoev

New Radiant would meet SHB Da Nang of Vietnam in the opening match of the tournament on November 28th, 2008.

New Radiant, TOT of Thailand, Binh Duong and Da Nang of Vietnam are in group A meanwhile, Hai Phong Cement, Dong Tam Long An, Matsubara and a South Korean student team ar in group B.

The top team from each group will face-off in the semi-finals to qualify for the championship match and the winner’s US$20,000 cash prize.

New Radiant’s departure to Vietnam has been delayed now and it has been rescheduled to 26th November.

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