PETALING JAYA: Johor Darul Ta’zim II (JDT II) aim to qualify for the 16-team Malaysia Cup competition by virtue of a top-four finish.
The Premier League side are currently sixth in the 12-team standings with 22 points. Only the top four teams will win an automatic slot to play in the Malaysia Cup.
JDT II coach Azmi Mohamed said their immediate target is to keep pace with the leaders in their bid to qualify.
“Our chances of a top-two finish in the Premier League are slim but we have a realistic hope to be among the top four. We have a favourable draw in our remaining fixtures and if we can take advantage of the home matches, we should make it,” said Azmi on Tuesday.
The former international said that the tussle to be in the top two spots, to gain promotion to the Super League, is among table-toppers Police (39 points), Felda United (34) and Penang (30). Negri Sembilan (27) and Kedah (23) are currently in fourth and fifth place.
However, Azmi said that JDT II can still claw their way up to finish in the top four. Their upcoming home matches are against DRB Hicom (May 16), Felda United (June 9), Kedah (June 16) and Sabah (June 24).
JDT II have a good track record playing at home, having only lost once to Police in the opening game (3-1) on Jan 24.
Since then, they have won all their five home matches, against Perlis (2-1), PBAPP FC (1-0), Negri Sembilan (2-0), SPA Putrajaya (2-0) and Penang (3-2).
“I have confidence in the team to maintain our strong run at home,” said Azmi.