PETALING JAYA: Felda United coach Irfan Bakti is plotting revenge when they begin their Malaysia Cup campaign next month.
The Fighters, who lost 2-1 to Pahang in the FA Cup final last month, will get their chance for some payback after they were drawn with defending champions Pahang, Lions XII and Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) II in Group A.
Irfan who guided Felda to Super League promotion next season said “the boys were delighted to be drawn with Pahang in the group stage.”
“Our target is to win the Malaysia Cup but we need to get past the group stages. The group stages also give us a good chance to get revenge over Pahang following the FA Cup defeat.
The 63-year-old coach revealed he had arranged several friendly.
Felda had beaten Sime Darby 4-1 and lost to Perak 3-2 in their friendly matches so far. They will next travel to play Terengganu and T-Team next week and end their preparations against Police on June 25.
The former Selangor coach added he has an idea of the other teams’ capabilities expect for the Lions XII.
“We know Pahang’s game since the FA Cup final and JDT II whom we had played in the Premier League. However, I need to study the Lions XII more,” said Irfan, who stressed fitness is the key to a prolonged challenge in the tournament.
“I have asked my fitness coach to give me fit players for the Malaysia Cup. They are training six times per week and I’m happy with the players’ commitment.”