Calcutta: Indonesian club Semen Padang FC are on away duty, but are very much at home in India.
In the city for their AFC Cup quarter final first-leg match versus East Bengal, Padang seemed to be enjoying their time at practice, at the Salt Lake Stadium, on Sunday, humming popular Bollywood songs.
On a serious note, however, they are a little worried with the artificial turf at the stadium. Padang’s Liberian striker, Edward Junior Wilson, said that they had earlier played on such turfs in Singapore.
“It is a bit hard and a little difficult to play onů But we are confident that we can adjust,” Wilson said.
Head coach Jafri Sastra, on the other hand, too seemed to full of confidence ahead of the match.
“I have seen videos of East Bengal matches. They are a good teamů Edeh Chidi and James Moga are dangerous players. But we have our plans in place and we hope to win both the legs,” Sastra said.
On the East Bengal front, Japanese playmaker Ryuji Sueoka, nursing an injury, is unlikely to be in the starting XI on Tuesday.
Interestingly, West Sumatra governor Irwan Prayitno is accompanying the team. He was present during Sunday’s two-hour practice session.
In the AFC Cup group league stage, Padang had defeated Churchill Brothers 3-1 in their home match while drawing 2-2 in the away fixture.