PETALING JAYA: Premier League outfit Felda United look set to play the bridesmaid role again.
The Fighters finished runners-up to Pahang (2-1) in the FA Cup final at the Shah Alam Stadium two weeks ago.
Now Felda coach Irfan Bakti’s men are set to finish second behind runaway leaders Police in the chase for the league title with two matches remaining.
Police have 49 points, five points ahead of second-placed Felda. The cops, who are also assured of promotion to the Super League next season, need only a draw against Negri Sembilan in their penultimate fixture at the Tuanku Abdul Rahman Stadium in Paroi today to clinch the title.
Irfan conceded that their title chase is over.
“There is no way Police are going to collapse in the last two matches. All they need is a point to win the Premier League title. Even if we end up tied on points, Police still have a better goal difference than us,” said Irfan yesterday.
Police have scored 57 goals and conceded 20 compared to Felda’s 47-24.
Irfan, however, wants Felda to win both their remaining matches against UiTM FC at the Selayang Stadium today and Perlis in an away match on June 24.
“Finishing second best twice in two different competitions is not a bad result for a club side. Our main aim is to win promotion to the Super League and we will do just that,” said Irfan.
Felda, however, cannot afford to drop points in their last two fixtures because third-placed Penang, on 42 points, could pip them to the second spot. Penang face Kedah away today and host SPA Putrajaya in the last game on June 24.