PETALING JAYA: Perak coach Abu Bakar Fadzim believes his battle-hardened side can spring a surprise in the Malaysia Cup.
The Seladang were staring at relegation for most of their Super League season, but turned their fortunes around at the end of their campaign to survive the drop. They picked up 13 points from their last six matches to finish eighth in the 12-team league.
Perak have a fair chance of winning the Malaysia Cup after being drawn in an easy Group B with Terengganu, Sarawak and Premier League outfit Kedah. The competition begins on Aug 13.
“We do fancy our chances of winning the Malaysia Cup this year ... we survived the relegation battle and it has made us stronger,” said Abu Bakar, twice a Malaysia Cup champion with Perak in 2008 and 2010.
“We are in a balanced group and I think we have a good chance of creating some upsets and winning the competition.
“The players are hungry for success and we will try to emulate our 2008 and 2010 squad’s success,” added the 42-year-old coach.
Meanwhile, Terengganu coach Abdul Rahman Ibrahim said fitness will be the key to his team’s hopes of reaching the quarter-finals.
“There is a lot of travelling involved, so the two fittest teams will progress from this group,” said the 68-year-old former national coach.
“This could be my last chance to win the Malaysia Cup and I would really like to be in Bukit Jalil for the final.”