Home > Sport > Football
Friday May 2, 2014 MYT 8:03:00 PM
Friday May 2, 2014 MYT 9:46:01 PM
by eric samuel
PETALING JAYA: Abdul Rahman Ibrahim wants his players to focus on Terengganu’s revival plans after their Super League title hopes were derailed following back-to-back home defeats by Sarawak (2-1) and Perak (2-0) last month.
The Turtles had been going great guns until then, and were even leading the 12-team standings at the halfway mark of the competition. But a series of unexpected results saw the east coast side slip three rungs to fourth place with 23 points after 13 matches.
A disappointed Terengganu coach Abdul Rahman said that all the good work put in earlier had been wasted due to the bad patch.
“We started off nicely in the first half of the season. Then, all of a sudden, we suffered two consecutive home defeats ... losing six points. Imagine where we could have been with the six points,” said the former national coach.
Surprise package Terengganu had been formidable at home, being undefeated at the Sultan Ismail Stadium in Kuala Terengganu with four wins and a draw in the first half of the season. But their fortunes took a beating the with two straight home defeats.
Abdul Rahman expects the players to bounce back after having had a chance to re-organise themselves following a two-week break for the national team to play the Philippines in a friendly game.
“The break should have done the players good ... they should be back fresh and we should start winning again,” said Abdul Rahman.
However, it will be a severe test for Terengganu as they will be playing high-riding Selangor at the Shah Alam Stadium on Sunday. This game is important to both teams.
Second-placed Selangor could go top with 30 points if they win and Terengganu would drift further down the standings.
In the second transfer window, Terengganu replaced Brazilian Marcio Souza Da Silva with Senegalese Mustapha Dabo and also brought in Colombian Javier Estupinan for Guinean Mamadou Barry.
Tags / Keywords:
football, Terengganu, Abdul Rahman Ibrahim, Super League, Marcio Souza Da Silva, Mustapha Dabo, Javier Estupinan, Mamadou Barry
Gunners look ripe for getting ripped apart by the Blues
Boosting juniors’ football skills
Goalkeeper’s mistakes cost Kedah two valuable points
Just great for Sungai Ara
BN to rely on Pengkalan Kubor by-election campaign strategies
Liverpool need 'top-level striker', says Rodgers
Fellaini contemplated United exit after difficult season
Hernandez’s patience an example for others, says Ancelotti
Neymar and Messi help 10-man Barca beat Espanyol
Next stop – Sensational Singapore
How Malaysians abroad are bridging a skills gap
Malaysia needs 1,500 data scientists by 2020
It’s always tapas time at Ohla
Anzac Day: Battle of Gallipoli’s centenary in Turkey
Copyright © 1995-2015 Star Publications (M) Bhd (Co No 10894-D)