Dubai: Indian Super League club FC Goa hope to withdraw from the AFC Champions League with their heads held high when they face UAE club Al Wahda on Thursday.
The best Indian club’s chances to come out of the group stages are over after three draws and back-to-back defeats against Iran Persepolis.
The team coached by Juan Ferrando – who have three points in Group E – will look for a consolation victory when they face Abu Dhabi club Al Wahda in their last outing.
Ahead of the draw Goa defender Seriton Fernandes said team morale was still very high and added: “If we win, we will dedicate it to the Indian people. We will approach the last game like the others, in order to obtain the three points. We have never given up on this position and will continue to strive for victory, regardless of the opponent. This is who we are.
“It was an unforgettable experience. We have all gained confidence having played at this level. And now that we’ve tasted it, we want more. We want to be back in the Champions League. “
Goa head coach Ferrando said: “We have to keep improving. In football we always have to think about where the points come from. We don’t think about the last game anymore. It’s time to focus on the next game and find the best XI for that one.
“The Champions League is a very difficult tournament. It has been a great experience for us, and we have to use it to keep improving. “