Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Six teams book quarter final places in Malaysia Cup

Former Malaysia Cup champions Negri Sembilan and reigning FA Cup champions Terengganu stand in the way of Kelantan’s bid to make the semi-finals of the Malaysia Cup competition.

The Red Warriors are scheduled to face either 2009 Malaysia Cup winners Negri Sembilan or newly-crowned FA Cup champions Terengganu in the last eight.

Kelantan and Felda United have won their tickets to the quarter-finals with one match to spare from Group C after both teams picked up an unassailable 10 points each. The two teams will wrap up their group fixture against each other at the Sultan Mohd IV Stadium in Kota Baru tomorrow.

The quarter-final draw will pit the winners of Group C against the runners-up of Group B and the runners-up of Group C playing the winners of Group B.

Negri and Terengganu both have 12 points in Group B. The two teams will play each other in the last match at the Sultan Ismail Stadium in Kuala Terengganu tomorrow.

Kelantan team manager Azman Ibrahim said meeting either Terengganu or Negri in the quarter-finals would be an explosive affair.

“The last group matches will decide our opponents but both are strong contenders for the title,” said Azman yesterday.

Negri won the Malaysia Cup in 2009 when they beat Kelantan 3-1 while Terengganu edged neighbours Kelantan 2-1 after extra time in the FA Cup final this season.

Meanwhile, six team are through to the last eight.

They are Perak (Group A), Negri, Terengganu (Group B), Kelantan and Felda United (Group C) and T-Team (Group D).

The race for the other two slots are between Kedah and Sabah in Group A and Selangor versus Kuala Lumpur in Group D.
Kedah and Sabah are both tied on seven points. Kedah will face Group A winners Perak in the last game at the Darulaman Stadium in Alor Setar while Sabah will travel away to Johor.

Selangor are back from the dead and will be fighting with KL in a direct contest for the last slot in Group D. Selangor, currently third in the standings with seven points, need a win but the City team, on nine points, need only a draw at the Shah Alam Stadium tomorrow to progress to the next round.

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