KANGAR: Kedah coach Mohd Ramlee has warned his side not to be overconfident when they take on Johor in the semi-finals of the Perlis Malaysia Games (Sukma) football competition at the Unimap Stadium in Pauh on Sunday night.
Kedah began their Group B campaign with a 2-1 loss to Perak before edging Terengganu 1-0 to advance to to quarter-finals last week.
The team finally hit top gear to trounce Penang 7-1 in the quarter-finals on Friday.
The key players in the team – Mohd Syazwan Tajudin (defender), Muhammad Farhan Roslan (midfielder) and Muhammad Syafiq Ahmad (striker) – all scored against Penang, with Syafiq bagging a hat-trick.
Ramlee believes that his players are finally hitting their stride after the slow start.
He, however, cautioned his team to be wary of their semi-final opponents Johor.
“I’m happy with the team’s performance ... although we’ll need to do some minor tweaking here and there,” said Ramlee on Saturday.
“Our key players – Syazwan, Farhan and Syafiq – have played with the Kedah senior side in the Premier League and are our biggest assets due to their experience.
“The big win over Penang is a big morale booster but the job is not done yet. The players need to stay grounded because Johor will be a tough side to beat in the semi-finals.”
Ramlee singled out the Shaharuddin brothers – striker Shafiq and his younger brother, attacking midfielder Shahwan – as the players to watch out for in the Johor side.
“The Shaharuddin boys can trouble us ... they have an eye for goal and we need to tighten up our backline,” said Ramlee.