Saturday, 10 September 2011

Terengganu striker Joseph Kallang back in form

If Terengganu were looking for a good sign in the Malaysia Cup, they only needed to cast a glance at Joseph Kallang Tie.
 
The diminutive midfielder's goal in the 3-0 triumph over Sime Darby in the opening Group B match on Tuesday indicated he is back in form.

The 24-year-old, who had gone through the whole Super League season managing only a single goal, took just over five minutes to head in an opening goal for Terengganu.

"I was just at the right place at the right time when the ball flew close to my head," said Joseph.
The former Sarawak captain, who joined Terengganu last year, said he felt as if his luck was changing for the better.

"I was as surprised as anybody else when the ball bounced off my head and flew into the back of the net but that is something that I can expect to happen these days.

"I am not sure about it being the 'sign' but if that kind of thing can help Terengganu win the Malaysia Cup then I am all for it," he said.

Joseph said his confidence level grew a little after being selected to play for the national team earlier.

"A bunch of us from Terengganu received a call-up from the national team and that can only be good for our team who need to be performing at our best during the Malaysia Cup campaign.

"But that may also explain why some of us are walking with a little swagger while waiting for Selangor PKNS to turn up on our turf on Saturday," he quipped yesterday.

Coach Irfan Bakti said Terengganu would need more than just luck to beat the Premier League champions.

"They suffered only a single defeat throughout the season and that was only when they already had the title in the bag.

"The fact that they lost to Negri Sembilan on Tuesday will only make them more determined to get a good result in Kuala Terengganu and we have to be prepared for all that," he said.

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