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CARLYLE Mitchell (right) and Kaya FC want to finish their AFC Champions League campaign on a high note. / PHOTOGRAPH courtesy of AFC

United City FC (UCFC) and Kaya FC vow to go all out to essay a fitting end to their respective campaigns in the AFC Champions League.

After posting a historic win over Chinese powerhouse Beijing Guoan FC last Thursday, UCFC marches back to warzone as it tackles Daegu FC of Korea in the 8 p.m. battle at the Lokomotiv Stadium in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

Kaya, meanwhile, continues its hunt for a victory when it collides with Viettel FC of Vietnam at 8 p.m. at the Pathum Thani Stadium in Bangkok.

UCFC co-owner Eric Gottschalk said his wards are geared up for their best performance, especially after becoming the first Filipino side to win in this prestigious tourney following a memorable 3-2 victory over Beijing Guoan FC last Thursday.

“We are preparing for this game as best as possible,” UCFC co-owner Eric Gottschalk told the Daily Tribune.

Unfortunately, the four-time Philippines Football League champion club could no longer advance in the second round of the prestigious tourney as it seats in the third place of Group I with a 1-3-1 record.

Still, the Filipinos will be marching with fire in their eyes as they attempt to pull off an upset and avenge their humiliating 0-7 defeat on their first encounter against Daegu.

Led by head coach Jason Withe, UCFC will parade its lethal form anchored by the formidable troika of naturalized striker Bienvenido Marañon, Mark Hartmann and skipper Stephan Schrock.

“If we can field a decent team, then for sure we will make sure that we can have a better result than our first game (against Daegu),” Gottschalk said.

Kaya is also eyeing nothing less than a win before ending its grueling Champions League campaign.

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