Selangor player S. Kunalan reckons Selangor has a good chance to end their barren run in the Super League this season. - Filepic
PETALING JAYA: Three years without a trophy can feel like an eternity for a team used to lifting silverware on a regular basis.
That’s probably how the Selangor players and fans must feel, especially since the Red Giants are one of the most decorated sides in Malaysian football.
They have a record 32 Malaysia Cup, five League Cup and five FA Cup titles to their name.
And Selangor want a return to their halcyon days.
National player S. Kunalan said that it was time for Selangor to end their three-year barren run.
“I’m sure the fans are eager to see Selangor win a trophy and relive the good old days,” said Kunalan on Thursday.
And this could be their year as Selangor are making a strong bid for the Super League title after being knocked out of the FA Cup following a 1-0 loss to Sarawak in the second round. Last month, their ambitious campaign in the AFC Cup competition ended in the group stage.
But Kunalan knows that there is still plenty to do.
“There is work to be done but everyone can sense that we have a chance to go for the Super League title. Three years is a long time to be without any silverware. But this year we have the quality to win a title,” said Kunalan.
Second-placed Selangor have 27 points and can go top of the standings if they beat Terengganu at the Shah Alam Stadium on Sunday. Pahang, who have played a game more, are leading the standings with 28 points.
Selangor, under coach Mehmet Durakovic, will be counting on their prized striker from Brazil – Paulo Rangel – to get the goals. The towering Rangel leads the goalscoring chart in the top flight with 10 goals.
Kunalan said they must also be wary of the remaining fixtures, which included games against Sime Darby FC, Johor Darul Ta’zim, Armed Forces, Sarawak (home), Terengganu, Kelantan, Pahang and PKNS FC (away).