KANGAR: Perlis football coach Yusri Che Lah is all set to renew rivalry with his Sabah counterpart Burhan Ajui when their teams meet in the Sukma Group A opener at the UiTM Stadium in Arau on Saturday.
The former Perlis midfielder had locked horns with the Sabah defender numerous times during their heyday in the M-League and rubbed shoulders when they were team-mates in the national side in the mid-90s.
This time around, both former internationals will be involved in a battle of wits from the sidelines as their young charges take to the field.
The 40-year-old Yusri said: “It’s great to meet my old friend again ... we have some good memories of our playing days but that’s the past ... I wish him (Burhan) all the best for the match.
“They are the defending champions and we are the hosts ... it will be an exciting match.”
Yusri expects Sabah to be just as strong despite the absence of experienced winger Maxsius Musa.
“There are 11 players on the pitch ... losing one player won’t affect their game too much. Sabah will still be a formidable side due to their experience and the fact that they are the defending champions,” said Yusri.
He also wants Perlis to win their opening match as it “will be a perfect boost for our campaign”.
*All matches at UiTM Stadium unless stated
Group A: Sabah vs Perlis, Pahang vs Sarawak (UiTM Fields in Arau)
Group D: Negri. Sembilan vs Kelantan (Unimap Stadium)
Group C: FT vs Penang, Selangor vs Malacca (UiTM Fields in Arau)
Group B: Perak vs Kedah (Unimap Stadium)