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Kelantan skipper Mohd Badhri Radzi with the man-of-the-match trophy after leading his team to the Malaysia Cup final, beating Armed Forces 4-3 on aggregate in Kota Baru on Friday. - The STAR
KOTA BARU: Kelantan’s captain marvel Mohd Badhri Radzi was rightly named Man of the Match after he netted the equaliser to knock out Armed Forces 4-3 on aggregate in the Malaysia Cup semi-final second-leg match in Kota Baru on Friday.
Kelantan, who won the first leg 2-1, were staring at the exit after the Gladiators raced ahead with Marlon James’ first-half brace (in the 18th and 37th minute) before Mohd Fakri Saarani and Badhri struck in the 82nd and 85th minutes respectively to hold the visitors to a 2-2 draw.
The win casts the defending champions as favourites to retain the Malaysia Cup in the final at the Shah Alam Stadium on Nov 3.
Late goals have become the norm for the East Coast giants as they have scored 28% of their goals this season in the final 15 minutes of the match.
And the 32-year-old Pengkalan Chepa local credited the comeback win to his team-mates’ determination, saying he always believed that his team could overturn the deficit.
The charismatic skipper added that qualifying for the Malaysia Cup final is a great achievement and he has set his sights on retaining the title.
“We never give up ... more so if we are playing at home in front of our fans,” said Badhri after the match.
“I have to thank the fans for giving us the support and motivation. Their cheers and chants kept us going.
“Everyone in the team played with high spirits and gave their best so I was confident that we could turn our fortunes around.”
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