Skipper Amri Yahya believes the time is ripe for Selangor to end their winless two-year run against bogey team Kelantan when they clash in a Super League match at the National Stadium tonight.
The last time Selangor beat Kelantan in the League was on Feb 28, 2009 when D. Surendran and R. Surendran (two goals) scored in the 3-0 win at the Shah Alam Stadium.
The last Super League encounters between the two sides ended with Selangor losing 2-0 at the Shah Alam Stadium and 1-0 at Sultan Mohamad IV Stadium last April.
Amri reckons the Red Giants will draw inspiration from the defeat of another bogey team – T-Team – whom they beat 2-1 last month.
“It has been a while since we beat Kelantan who are re-emerging as a force in Malaysian football. We now know how to beat our bogey teams after knocking down T-Team,” said Amri, who will be aiming to score his 100th goal for Selangor.
“Kelantan play a fast game and I hope we don’t buckle under the pressure. We need to get an early goal to put them on the backfoot.”
Amri admitted Selangor are under pressure after a dismal start in the League.
The Red Giants are eighth in the standings with nine points from two wins, three draws and two defeats.
“We are under pressure as we are struggling to score after seven matches and we have to deal with this problem.
“We have to accept that we will struggle without a natural striker in the team. I have been tasked to lead the line and it is quite taxing.
“Once we have a proper striker we should be all right.”
Commenting on the players’ meeting after the 2-0 shock defeat to PKNS last Saturday, Amri said it was just a normal meeting.
“There was a fair amount of finger-pointing after the defeat but that is quite normal,” said Amri.
“We have talked it over and the players have resolved to work harder after this. The team morale is down after the PKNS defeat and I believe a win over Kelantan will be the perfect tonic for the team.”
The FA of Selangor will be selling the tickets for the match from 10am onwards at the Bukit Jalil Stadium.
Tickets are priced at RM15 for adults and RM5 for children under 12.