Sabah are ready to prove their doubters wrong by knocking out T-Team in the Malaysia Cup quarter-finals.
Head coach Justin Ganai said he was “really surprised” to see his team not only survive but top Group A, which comprised former champions Kedah and Perak.
“The fighting spirit of the players was really evident as we managed to qualify for the quarter-finals. The support of the fans is priceless ... they never stopped believing in us,” said Justin, adding that “the team’s never-say-die-attitude was the key to their success”.
Justin acknowledged that Yunus Alif’s T-Team, also very much the underdogs of the competition like his own side, are stacked with formidable players in all positions.
“We will not underestimate them but, mark my words, we are gunning for them,” said Justin.
“They have experienced players like Indra Putra Mahyuddin and Mohd Norfarhan Mohamad who can be match winners but I am confident my players will give their best.”
Justin said that although his players had improved after the group matches in the Malaysia Cup, “they must remain focused on beating T-Team”.
“Our defence, led by Reithauddin Awang Emran, has managed to make it hard for any team to score against us. Goalkeeper Azizon Abdul Kadir has also been rock solid in protecting our backline,” he said.
He added that Zainizam Marjan and Mafry Balang would spearhead Sabah’s attack.
“Both have the ability to breach T-Team’s defence,” he said.