Kitchee’s AFC Cup Dreams Dented after Kuwait Night

Three goals from each half by Kuwait SC on Wednesday evening was enough to seal Kitchee’s fate in the first leg of the AFC Cup 2015 quarter-final, as the reigning local treble winner was overmatched by Kuwait SC by 0:6. Kitchee head coach Abraham Garcia admitted mistakes on the pitch were proved costly on the evening. “Some of the goals that we conceded were due to mistakes. However, being three goals behind to start the second-half, we did not stay back and instead, we tried to come out and created chances. Unfortunately, we ended up allowing two more goals in the final minutes,” Garcia looked back. “It is disappointing to record such a defeat on my first official game coaching the side. But at the same time, I want to congratulation Kuwait SC on a fine performance while we need to go back and regroup. We need to understand that we can ill-afford to make mistakes against such quality opponent and the consequences for doing so will be conceding goals and losing matches.” Midfielder Lam Ka-wai confessed that there is a gap between the overall quality of the two sides. “It is true that Kuwait SC might be a stronger side than us but I do not believe the gap is as huge as what the score-line indicated,” said Lam. “We attacked quite well and only conceded early in the game because we lacked a bit of concentration, leaving us with an uphill battle for the rest of the game. The major difference between the two sides might be on the speed of the attack, which caused us problems on defending. We will go back to the drawing board and have a look at this game but I refuse to be overly down after just one defeat against such a quality opponent.”