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Tuesday October 1, 2013 MYT 6:19:00 PM
Tuesday October 1, 2013 MYT 6:20:51 PM
by eric samuel
Hairuddin Omar (middle) in the Armed Forces match against Sime Darby. The Forces captain believes that his team can beat Lions XII and make it to the Malaysia Cup final.
PETALING JAYA: Armed Forces skipper Hairuddin Omar hopes to qualify for his sixth Malaysia Cup final next month.
The 33-year-old football nomad believes Forces have the capability to reach the final despite losing 1-0 to Super League champions Lions XII by in the first leg of the quarter-finals.
Forces and Lions XII will play the return leg at the Selayang Stadium on Friday.
“I strongly believe we can turn the tables on Lions XII,” said Hairuddin, who won the Malaysia Cup winner’s medals four times with three different teams – Terengganu (2001), Negri Sembilan (2009 and 2011) and Kelantan (2010).
“We beat Lions XII to reach last year’s final on penalty kicks. It will be close again. The disappointment of losing to Kelantan in last year’s final (3-2) has made me stronger. It was a big blow as it was my first loss in a Malaysia Cup final. I want to make amends and go all the way this season,” added Hairuddin, who is playing in his 13th Malaysia Cup.
Besides Hairuddin, Forces coach B. Sathianathan will be counting on striker Marlon James. The Gladiators also have good midfielders in Christie Jayaseelan, Rezal Zambery Yahaya, Mohd Fitri Omar and Argentinian Bruno Martelotto.
Added Hairuddin: “We will go for an early goal and take it from there. There is no reason for us to sit back because it is a game we need to win. The most important thing is that we should take our chances well,” said Hairuddin, adding that they must wrap up the game in 90 minutes.
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