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Thursday August 29, 2013 MYT 5:25:00 PM
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by k. rajan
Selangor defender Adam David Griffiths (left) and Sime Darby striker Karlo Primorac fight for the ball during their Malaysia Cup Group A match on Aug 27. Sime Darby won 3-0.
PETALING JAYA: Sime Darby FC coach Ismail Zakaria has warned his players to be wary of the wounded Selangor side in their Malaysia Cup Group A match at the Shah Alam Stadium Saturday.
The plantation giants drew first blood against the Red Giants when they won 3-0 in the first round of group matches on Tuesday and Ismail believes that Selangor will be out for revenge.
The 32-time champions are staring at an early exit from the competition after failing to record a single win after three matches.
Sime Darby lead the group with six points after three matches, followed by Johor (5pts), Armed Forces (4pts) and Selangor (1pt).
“We will be facing a ‘wounded tiger’ in its own den ... it’s going to be a very tough match and we need to get ready for it. We have completed the first round and our opponents now know how we play. They’ll be much wiser this time,” said Ismail.
“We have one home and two away matches (including the one against Selangor) still to play. We just need to win our home game and steal a point in the away matches to advance to the quarter-finals.”
Ismail will again rely on his players’ tactical discipline – playing according to instructions and keeping the shape – againt Selangor.
He also reserved praise for top scorer Karlo Primorac, who has scored 3 goals in the Malaysia Cup.
Ismail also added that the return of Togolese striker Togaba Komlan would add more firepower upfront.
“I have to give our players credit for our good run ... they are disciplined and followed the game plan,” he said.
“Primorac is doing very well for us and the return of Komlan will give us more options in attack.”
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