Monday, 16 January 2012

T-Team in confident mood after two consecutive wins

For the first time, T-Team have found themselves in unchartered territory -- top of the Super League table.  

Team manager Rozi Mamat said the Kuala Terengganu Football Association (KTFA) team have come a long way since their formation some five years ago.

"We began from scratch, fought our way into the Premier League by winning the FAM League, won promotion to the Super League two years ago and now, albeit only after two games, we are leading the Super League," said Rozi yesterday.

"But what is more impressive is that we have scored six goals without conceding a single goal.

"We have also  exorcised the ghost of Kuala Lumpur when we finally managed to beat them 3-0 away yesterday (Saturday) after a win over Kedah by the same score last week."

Rozi said T-Team, who finished ninth in the league and qualified for the Malaysia Cup semi-finals, had lost three times to  KL and drawn once in all competitions.

"We are now a much improved team despite losing key players such as Indra (Putera Mahyuddin), Norfarhan (Mohamad), Azizi (Matt Rose), Haris (Safwan) and a few others in the pre-season.

"But we have brought in strikers Fadzli Shaari from Selangor and Faiz Subri from Perlis in addition to securing the services of defender Bojan Petric from Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Zambian striker Zacharia Simukonda," he said.

Petric has proved  to be dependable from the start of the season but Simukonda failed to impress in the opening game against Kedah. Even Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Said had said that the Zambian was mediocre at best.

But coach Yunus Alif said he knew that Simukonda could do better than his poor league debut against Kedah and he was proven right.

"Simukonda proved to be dangerous especially in the second half against Kuala Lumpur and even managed to head in a goal for us," said Yunus.

"I am delighted with the overall performance of my players especially Zairo (Anuar Zailani) who has already scored three goals in two games."

Yunus, who expects another win when Sabah come calling tomorrow, said it is a good feeling to be on top of the standings.

"We have long been regarded as the 'little brothers' to Terengganu, so perhaps the time has come for us to change the perception," he said.

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