Terengganu seem to have put the controversy regarding the signings of foreign players behind them as their two imports – Liberian Francis Forkey Doe and Brazilian Erison Da Silva Santos Carnietto shone on their debut in the 1-0 away win over Sarawak on Tuesday.
Doe scored the solitary goal for the Turtles in the 36th minute with a stunning shot from the edge of the box. And no one was happier than Turtles’ coach Mat Zan Mat Aris, who described the win as a good start for the team’s foreign players.
“Both players, especially Doe, played very well to terrorise the Sarawak defenders all night,” he said.
“This is their first official match and they still need time to settle in and gel with our local players.”
Mat Zan feels that the addition of the foreign players has given them the platform to regain the kind of form they showed last season, which saw them clinch the FA Cup and finish as runners-up in the Super League.
“This team have not reached their full potential. We are also counting on players like Abdul Manaf Mamat, Joseph Kalang and Abdul Hadi Yahya to find their form this season,” said Mat Zan.
“I want the players to remain focused as I believe we can win the treble – the Super League, FA Cup and Malaysia Cup – this season. That will be a dream come true.”
Mat Zan also warned his players to forget Tuesday’s win and to look ahead to the local derby against T-Team on Saturday.
“We must be wary of T-Team as they have quality players. But we intend to bag all three points to prove our title credentials,” he said.