Tuesday, 23 August 2011

T-Team aiming for Malaysia Cup success

Beware of Sime Darby FC!
That is the advice T-Team coach Yunus Alif has for his Terengganu counterpart Irfan Bakti, who must deal with the Premiership side along with Selangor PKNS and Negri Sembilan in Group B of the Malaysia Cup.

Yunus, who recently saw his side lose to Sime Darby by a solitary goal in a friendly match in Kuala Lumpur, said he would not rule out the club side who routed Pahang 6-0 on aggregate to qualify for the Malaysia Cup, going far in the competition.

"Perhaps we did underestimate them a little in the warm-up match but we certainly did not think that a team who finished fifth in the Premier League could put up a fight like that," said Yunus.
"We were not all bad on our trip to Kuala Lumpur last week as we managed to beat Premier League champions Selangor PKNS 2-0 before winning 1-0 over Felda United FC."

Yunus said new on-loan signings -- Pos Malaysia goalkeeper Mohd Jibrail Kamaron Baharin and Muar Municipal Council striker Mohd Fitri Omar -- had little trouble fitting in with their new teammates.

"They may have plied their trade in the FAM League this season but both players do not look out of place in a Super League team.

"Jibrail stood between the posts when we lost to Sime Darby but he managed to save enough shots to impress me and the rest of the coaching staff.

"Similarly, Fitri, top scorer in the FAM League this year, looked comfortable upfront and was involved in all the goals scored against Selangor PKNS and Felda United FC," said the coach, who thought Fitri made a potent combination with Indra Putra Mahayuddin.

Fitri's convincing performance comes at the right moment as Norfarhan Mohamad has a slight ankle injury.

"We also need to see Fitri playing alongside Haris Safwan Mohd Kamal and we hope to do that when we take on Kelantan in a friendly match in Kota Baru tomorrow (today) or when we play Terengganu on Friday.

"By then, we should be ready to challenge for Malaysia Cup honours and we should be able to steer our way past Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Police in Group D to make the next round."

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