Seongnam’s Ognenovski eager to forget Adelaide’s ACL disappointment
Seongnam Ilhwa captain Sasa Ognenovski is confident his team can turn a one-goal deficit into a victory to qualify for the Asian Champions League final.
The K-League club meet Saudi giants Al Shabab in the second leg of the semi-final after bgoing down 4-3 in the first leg in Riyadh and the former Adelaide United man believes with some defensive improvement, the Pegasus can get through to the decider.
“It was disappointing to score three times and not win. I’d have been far happier with a draw,” he said.
“It was due to some defensive mistakes, with us not picking up players, so I think we’ll make it up at home. I don’t think we’ll make those kinds of mistakes again.
“Most of the team were disappointed after the first leg, but we’re confident we can turn it around at home. It also helps to know we have to win, so there are no mixed messages,” the 31-year old added.
“We beat Suwon 4-1 in the quarter-final [first leg] and relaxed in the second leg. If we had a similar result in the semi-final, we could have been surprised in the second leg again. We know what we have to do this time and will go all out to win.”
Ognenovski was a part of the Adelaide team which lost the 2008 final to Pohang Steelers and the towering centre-back is determined to make amends for that disappointment.
“We’re determined to win to win the AFC Champions League, as last year we lost in the final of the FA Cup and the final of the K-League playoffs,” he added further.
“I also have a strong personal ambition as I lost in the final of the 2008 AFC Champions League with Adelaide, so it would be great for the team and me personally to win this year.”