Terengganu will be without three key defenders when they open their FA Cup defence against Police at the Sultan Ismail Stadium tonight.
Muslim Ahmad and Zubir Azmi are with the national Under-23 pre-Olympic team while Faizal Muhammad is injured. But coach Mat Zan Mat Aris remains optimistic of getting a win.
“Captain Marzuki Yusof is also doubtful due to a hamstring injury but we will prevail,” said Mat Zan.
Has Mizan Kamaroddin will play at the heart of the defence while newcomer Hariri Mohd Safii will stand in for Zubir at leftback.
Mat Zan said a first-round win would revitalise his team after dismal displays in their last three Super League matches.
“The FA Cup is a do-or-die affair so we must beat Police. It would be embarrassing for the champions to bow out in the very first match,” he said.
Mat Zan urged the fans to turn out in full force to support the team.
“I want the fans to keep their faith as we face a stiff challenge to defend the FA Cup.”
Terengganu came from behind to edge Kelantan 2-1 in the final last season.