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by k. rajan
Christie Jayaseelan, the goalscorer of Armed Forces' solitary goal against Kelantan in the first-leg Malaysia Cup semi-final which ended 2-1. Christie believes coach B. Sathianathan holds the key to helping Forces make it to the final.
PETALING JAYA: Armed Forces winger Christie Jayaseelan is banking on coach B. Sathianathan’s tactical knowledge to overturn their 2-1 Malaysia Cup semi-final deficit against Kelantan in the return leg at the Sultan Mohd IV Stadium on Friday.
Sathia who took over the reins in 2011, led Forces to the 2012 Premier League crown, and an automatic promotion to the Super League.
The former national coach also took the soldiers to the Malaysia Cup final last season, where they were beaten 3-2 by Kelantan.
The Gladiators avenged that defeat by edging The Red Warriors 4-3 in a penalty shoot-out in the Charity Shield after the match ended 1-1 in regulation time.
Forces then went one-up on Kelantan by ending the latter’s 42-match unbeaten home record with a 3-1 win in a Super League match in Kota Baru in April.
Christie, who scored in that historical win in Kota Baru, said that his side are still in the game and reckons that Sathia will come up with a game plan to upset the east coast giants.
“The second leg has yet to come ... if we follow the coach’s game plan, we can overturn the deficit and advance to the final for the second consecutive time,” said Christie, who scored Forces’ only goal in the first-leg defeat.
“We are still confident of a win and progression to the final. We have one of the best coaches in the country and he will architect our win.”
Christie added that he expects a tougher time in Kota Baru and said that he will have to step up his game.
“It’s always hard to play Kelantan in Kota Baru. I think their players will be wary of my game now and I have to find a way to break up their defence,” said the 27-year-old.
“I can definitely do better and I intend to do that in the return leg. We also have several experienced players like Marlon (James) and Hairuddin (Omar) who can change the game.”
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