PKNS' Liberian striker Patrick Wleh (left) is back for the crucial FA Cup quarter-final second leg tie against Kelantan at the Selayang Stadium on Tuesday. - Filepic
PETALING JAYA: PKNS received the perfect boost with the return of the striker Patrick Wleh for the crucial FA Cup quarter-final second leg tie against Kelantan at the Selayang Stadium on Tuesday.
A 1-0 win for PKNS against the defending champions will be enough to advance to the semi-finals on the away goals rule and Wleh, who has four goals in all competitions this season, will be a key figure in unsettling the Red Warriors’ defence.
The Liberian international, who scored in the 2-3 first-leg defeat to Kelantan, picked up a knock on his left knee at the Sultan Mohd IV Stadium last Tuesday and was rested by his coach Wan Jamak Wan Hassan for their Super League match against Sime Darby which ended with a goalless draw last Friday.
PKNS have never got past the last-eight round of the competition and Wan Jamak believes his side are on the brink of creating history.
The 56-year-old coach, who handed Kelantan their first defeat of the season in Kota Baru with a 2-1 league win in January, said his strikers must not waste any goal-scoring chances.
“It’s our best chance to reach the quarter-finals. If we beat Kelantan, I believe we have a good chance of winning the competition,” said Wan Jamak.
“Besides Wleh, midfielder Mohd Nazmi (Faiz Mansor) is also back after serving a one-match suspension. Now, we have all our best players for the match.
“We have experienced defenders to stop Kelantan’s attacking threat. If our defence can frustrate Kelantan, we can emerge victorious.”
Commenting on his opponents, the former national coach said they need to shackle skipper Mohd Badhri Radzi, winger Wan Zaharulnizam Zakaria and Lebanese striker Mohd Ghaddar Mahmoud.
Kelantan coach Steve Darby meanwhile, is still upset over conceding the two goals in the first leg.
“We now have a harder task at hand but I believe we can get a positive result,” said the 59-year-old Englishman.
Darby will be also sweating on the availability of Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Shawky and Amar Rohidan. The duo have yet to recover from their injuries.