Winger Kwabena Appiah says the Wanderers' fanatical support gave the club an extra boost to reach the Asian Champions League final and described them as the best fans in Australia.
Western Sydney will face Saudi giants Al Hilal over two-legs in the final, with the first match staged at Pirtek Stadium on October 25. The Wanderers got through to the decider after beating FC Seoul 2-0 in the second leg in Sydney.
Appiah told FourFourTwo it is an amazing feeling for the fledgling club, which was founded just over two years ago, to be in the Asian Champions League final.
“It feels great,” he said.
“It’s a massive achievement for us, the staff, the fans and everyone else involved. I’m proud to be a part of this, especially since day one when the club still didn’t have a name.”
Close to 19,000 fans were on hand to see Western Sydney defeat their Korean opponents at home. A sell-out is expected for the first leg against Al Hilal.
“The atmosphere was unbelievable, we are absolutely stoked to be in the final,” Appiah said.
“We set a target and we reached it, now it’s time to take it one gear further and make the dream become a reality.”
Appiah came on for Shannon Cole in the second half of the 2-0 victory. The 22-year old attacking midfielder played 83 minutes in the first leg.
Appiah, who joined the Wanderers in 2012 from the Mariners, believes the club’s supporters are the best in the country.
“100% they are,” he said.
After a camp in Dubai and a special run in the Asian Champions League, Western Sydney is primed for the start of the new A-League season.
“Pre-season has felt like a season because of this ACL campaign,” Appiah said.
“It’s absolutely great - especially our training camp in Dubai - that will help us a lot throughout the season coming up.
“Getting this far without the likes of Spira (Matt Spiranovic) has shown the quality and depth that we have.”