Pune FC will aim to clinch their first ever overseas title when they take on Bangladesh Premier League Champions Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi in the final of the 2014 King’s Cup final at the Changlimithang Stadium in Thimphu, Bhutan on Tuesday, 2nd December 2014. Pune FC held their nerves to beat Mohun Bagan 7–6 in penalty shootout to secure a place in the King’s Cup final. Playing in the final of the biggest sporting event in Bhutan in front of nation’s Royal Family will definitely provide additional motivation.
Pune FC vs Sheikh Jamal Final Schedule
|Competition||2014 King’s Cup|
|Date||2 December 2014|
|Time||5.00 pm local, 4.30 pm IST|
|Match||Pune FC vs Sheikh Jamal|
Pune FC vs Sheikh Jamal Match Preview
Pune come into this match with five consecutive wins in the competition, will play their second final of the season after the Durand Cup and will be eager to maintain the winning run. Bangladesh Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club reached the final after beating defending champions Manang Marshyangdi Club of Nepal 2–1 in the semifinal. Both sides entered in the finals with the extra time game in the semifinals but Sheikh Jamal carry forward the advantage of having an extra rest day ahead of the final whereas it will be a tough situation for Pune FC who were involved in a penalty shootout to get enter in the final. Despite one day preparation before the final, Pune FC will hope to get maximum out of the situation as they played in similar conditions in the past. Pune coach Bencherifa said “we are excited to be in our second final in less than a month. But Jamal also are a fantastic side. Being the biggest club in Bangladesh, they attract top local players and love to play good football. Sot it will be a good game on Tuesday.” On the other hand, Sheikh Jamal, coached A. K. M. Maruful Haque, is confident ahead of the clash having secured consecutive wins over Mohun Bagan and MMC, Nepal.