Felda United's Indra Putra Mahayuddin (right) in a file photo. He has played with Kelantan before and knows what they are capable of. They once came back from being 2-4 down to win the match 6-1. – Bernama Photo
PETALING JAYA: Indra Putra Mahayuddin knows his former team Kelantan very well – especially their never-say-die attitude.
That’s why he is worried about Felda United’s FA Cup semi-final return-leg match against the Red Warriors at the Shah Alam Stadium on Saturday.
The 32-year-old striker admitted that they should have buried the east coast giants when they had the chance in the first leg at the Sultan Mohd IV Stadium in Kota Baru on May 6.
In Kota Baru, Felda were cruising after going 3-0 up. But they let complacency creep into their game and Kelantan fought back to draw the match 3-3.
And Indra has warned his Felda team-mates not to take Kelantan for granted on Saturday.
“I have played with Kelantan before and we had staged many fightbacks. We were known as the ‘comeback kings’,” said Indra.
One of Kelantan’s biggest comeback stories occurred during the 2013 Malaysia Cup quarter-final match against Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT). Kelantan, down 2-4 in the first-leg, cooked up a storm in Kota Baru to win 6-1 for an 8-5 aggregate triumph.
Indra, who scored a goal in that match, warned that “you write them off at your peril”.
“It will be a 50-50 game ... we must not repeat the mistake we made in Kota Baru and we must not let Kelantan settle down in the game,” said Indra.