MISAGH Bahadoran will be available for action when Global Cebu FC defends its home turf against Singapore side Home United in the first leg of the AFC Cup Asean Zonal Semifinals on Tuesday at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.
Kick off is at 7:30 p.m. with the return leg in Singapore on May 30.
Though it's unclear if the Global skipper will be fielded into the starting XI, Bahadoran’s return is a good development for the Philippine side as he has missed every Global game since late March due to a knee injury.
“The most important thing for us tomorrow (Tuesday) is not to concede so it will be easier for us in the second leg,” Bahadoran said, who added that he'll be ready to play if the team needs him.
However, Global will be coming into the home-away fixture a different team after replacing Japanese mentor Takoyaki Imai last week.
Marjo Allado will be stepping in lieu of the former mentor and he hopes to carry the club's momentum after winning five of six games in the group stages, including a big win over Johor Darul Ta'zim here in Manila.
“The focus is to keep on winning,” said Allado. “Definitely the game tomorrow will be tough because you have two teams that topped their groups, but for us, playing at home, we’re used to this pressure.”
Home United coach Aidil Shairin knows that the competition will be tough here considering Global's momentum, but he's expecting for his team to compete hard and possibly bring home a win.
“Global is a good team and we respect them, but we also want to get a result here,” said Shairin.
A possible All-Philippine final is on the horizon as Ceres Negros takes on 2015 champs JDT, with their first leg slated on Wednesday in Johor.