APSA boss relishing challenge

PUBLISHED: 11:42 14 November 2013 | UPDATED: 11:42 14 November 2013

Zakir Hussain

Zakir Hussain


London APSA haven’t played a match in 18 days after the 4-0 win over Greenhouse London, but now manager Zakir Hussain has to prepare his team for three matches in six days.

APSA’s matches have fallen foul of the weather, but they are due to host Basildon United tonight in the League Challenge Cup, before away games against Bowers & Pitsea and Hullbridge Sports in the Essex Senior League.

It is a challenge that Hussain is relishing though.

“The good thing this year is that we have a squad that can be rotated,” he said. “We have a very big squad so we can accommodate for these types of runs.”

“Last season we didn’t have much quality or the biggest squad, whereas this year we have the squad and the quality.

“It has actually made it easier for me because I can play everyone over these games.”

The Basildon match is a quarter-final tie and the cup games have been a high priority on Hussain’s agenda.

“Previously I have thought about the league as priority but this competition is very high on my list of priorities this year.

“I think it is the quarters, it is quite complicated because you get a lot of byes, but it is a great opportunity to win a cup. Basildon have improved but they have also been inconsistent. On their day, they can beat anybody, but they have also had a couple of hidings.”

If the cup game does fall to bad weather, then a positive for APSA is the condition of the Bowers & Pitsea surface.

Hussain added: “Bowers might hold up because they have a good pitch with a good stadium.

“We need these games to go on because we want to win the matches against the teams around us.

“Having games in hand are no good. Teams are getting ahead in the top eight because they are playing and winning their games.

“Let’s hope they go ahead and we get positive results in all of them.”

Local rivals Sporting Bengal United and London Bari are due to face each other in the League Challenge Cup at Mile End Stadium tonight (Wednesday).

On Saturday in the Essex Senior League, Clapton welcome Southend Manor and Sporting Bengal travel to Basildon United. Tower Hamlets host Sawbridgeworth Town, whilst London Bari visit Ilford.

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