We are counting down the hours to the match. After preparing at home and getting to know the pitch at the Kaplakriki stadium, which can host 3,200 spectators at European matches, we are making the final plans at our base in Reykjavik. In the evening, it’s back to Hafnarfjördur.
There, we will witness the encounter between the champions of Slovenia and Iceland for a spot in the play-off match for the Champions League. It’s a very specific setting, but we’ve taken into consideration all of the factors. Marwan Kabha: “The conditions here are very different, but it’s better to play in colder weather than in the heat. Be it hot or cold, a short or long night, this doesn’t change our plans. We’re here to do our job. In the previous two seasons, Maribor didn’t play in the group stages of European competitions. Now, we want to return where we belong.”
We are going into the decider with a one-goal lead, but we won’t be reckless.
“We got to know them in the first leg. We’ll be well prepared. Whoever thinks we’re already in the next round is mistaken. It’s going to be a tough match and we are well aware of that.”
In their last press conference, the home side talked about not being under pressure.
“These are just stories for the press. Every professional football player wants to win matches. They are no different. We don’t pay any attention to what they are saying. We know what our goal is. We want to show our quality and get to the next round. The victories in the first leg and against Rudar gave us a confidence boost. We were under more pressure before the match with Zrinjski. Then, the only thing that mattered was to eliminate them. And we managed that. Now, we want to take the next step and play even better,” said our warrior with the number 8 on his back.
FH Hafnarfjördur - NK Maribor. Wednesday, 8:30 p.m. Unfortunately, the match won’t be shown on Slovenian TV. You can watch it live for EUR 7.99 at livesports.is. And a quick word on the refereeing team from Slovakia. The match will be refereed by Peter Kralović, who will be assisted by Miroslav Benko and Erik Weiss. The fourth official is Jan Valašek.