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.