Published: Sunday January 26, 2014 MYT 8:56:00 PM
Updated: Sunday January 26, 2014 MYT 8:58:03 PM

Rag-tag T-Team are no slouch

PETALING JAYA: Underdogs T-Team made heads turn despite fielding mostly discards in their surprise 1-0 win over a star-studded Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) in Kuala Terengganu on Saturday.

The unexpected win was like a script from the David and Goliath story.

T-Team coach Mohd Azraai Khor Abdullah said many pundits had expected his side to be pulverised by JDT who fielded a number of former and present internationals including Argentinians Pablo Aimar and Luciano Figueroa.

They also have internationals Norshahrul Idlan Talaha, Mohd Amri Yahyah, Mahalli Jasuli, Asraruddin Putra, Safee Sali, Mohd Aidil Zafuan, Irfan Fazail, Mohd Fadhli Shas, S. Subramaniam, Azizi Matt Rose, Mohd Shakir Shaari and Mohd Amirulhadi Zainal in their stable.

“I guess my players were motivated meeting a big team. We managed with a bunch of second stringers, including a President Cupper (Mohd Syuhiran Zainal). We showed discipline defensively and worked hard for the result.

“I salute the players for the win. JDT dominated the game but we stuck to our game plan. I’m glad we managed to get a positive result,” said Azraai.

T-Team, who lost 2-0 to Selangor in their opening match, secured all three points thanks to Brazilian centreback Fabio Flor’s late winner.

Azraai’s team will have the chance to show that the win was not a fluke as they are down to meet JDT again – this time in the FA Cup second round match at the Larkin Stadium on Feb 1.


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