Preview: Olympic FC vs Sunshine Coast Wanderers

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Olympic FC defender, Kazuya Ito says his side are fully focused ahead of Sunday’s clash against Sunshine Coast Wanderers at Goodwin Park (6pm KO).

Olympic will look to continue their club record 12-game NPL Queensland unbeaten run and Premiership push with a win against the Wanderers on Sunday.

The Yeronga-based outfit, who have just three games left to play this season sit level on points with Peninsula Power at the summit of the NPL Queensland standings.

Ito said his side weren’t getting carried away with their focus being three points against the Wanderers on Sunday.

“Everyone’s playing really well at the moment, both going forward and defensively things are clicking and the communications really good,” Ito said.

“We’re just focusing on what we can control, we know if we win every game we have a chance at the title but aren’t getting too far ahead of ourselves and are just taking things one game at a time.

“We’re confident and there’s a great attitude and intensity in every training session and game.”

Olympic ran out 2-1 winners against the Wanderers courtesy of goals from Daniel Leck and Olaide Yinka-Kehinde in the reverse fixture at Ballinger Park in August.

Ito said his side were well prepared for another battle in front of a strong home support at Goodwin Park on Sunday.

“We’re expecting another good game, they have a number of good players, they’ll work hard and try to deny us space,” Ito said.

“It’s a big boost playing at home, there’s always a good support. To see lots of academy players at the games is great too, it makes a big difference and means a lot to the players.

“We hope to see plenty of people down here again on Sunday.”

For the first time in his eight seasons at the club, Ito is playing alongside another Japanese player in Tasuku Sekiya at Olympic.

“It’s great having him here,” Ito said.

“He’s a great player, he’s added a lot of quality to the team and is helping to get the best out of the players around him too.”


NPL Queensland 2020 – Round 9: Olympic FC v Sunshine Coast Wanderers
Goodwin Park, Yeronga
Sunday, 25 October (6pm KO)