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by k. rajan
Kelantan's Indra Putra Mahayuddin (right) seen here going airborne in the match against Armed Forces in Selayang last week won by the Red Warriors 2-1. The return leg will be held in Kota Baru on Friday. - Filepic
PETALING JAYA: Armed Forces coach B. Sathianathan knows exactly what needs to be done to turn the tables on Kelantan in the return leg of their Malaysia Cup semi-finals at the Sultan Mohd IV Stadium on Friday.
“We must not concede and must score twice,” he said on Thursday, knowing that the Gladiators face a do-or-die mission in Kota Baru after losing the first leg 2-1 to the defending champions in Selayang last week.
Forces shouldn’t have a problem finding the back of the net. After all, they have scored 20 goals in nine Malaysia Cup matches. The only time they didn’t find the back of the net was against the Lions XII in the quarter-final.
It is the part about not conceding that’s worrying Sathia because his two centrebacks – Amiridzwan Taj Tajuddin and Norfazly Alias – are out through suspension and thigh injury respectively.
“We have been scoring in all of our matches, except in the one against the Lions XII (Forces lost 1-0) in the quarter-final first leg at the Jalan Besar Stadium ... so scoring is the least of my worries,” said Sathia.
“We’ll definitely miss Amiridzwan and Norfazly... our defence is weakened, but I believe my players will rise to the occasion.
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