Azman (right) with Durakovic when Selangor won the Malaysia Cup in 2011.
SHAH ALAM: Selangor legend Azman Adnan’s return to the Shah Alam Stadium as Police coach ended up as a heartbreaking moment for Selangor after his side Police beat the Red Giants 2-0 in their Malaysia Cup Group D match on Wednesday.
Hotshot striker Ali Ashfaq converted a spot kick in the 12th minute and Brazilian Charles Souza Chad struck in the 68th minute to give Police all the points.
The 42-year-old Azman, who won four Malaysia Cup titles with Selangor, said his side’s turning point came when Selangor were reduced to 10 men following Mohd Bunyamin Umar’s sending off for a foul on Ashfaq in the box in the 10th minute.
“It was our lucky break. It came early in the game and it enabled us to control the match,” said Azman who was promoted as Police’s head coach last month after Dollah Salleh left the team to join the national team.
“This is my first time at the Shah Alam Stadium as a coach. It has been almost 10 years since I played here ... it’s a great feeling to beat the Red Giants here.
“We were the underdogs and I’m glad our game plan worked well. Before the match, I told my players if they played well the results will come. I’m glad it happened against Selangor.”
Azman, who is still awaiting his A licence coaching examination results, credited his “teacher” Dollah for Police’s back-to-back win over Super League sides Sime Darby and Selangor.
“My sifu Dollah’s aura is still with the team ... I learned a lot from him and I’m trying to continue his good work with the team,” said the former international striker.
The Cops top the group with six points while Selangor dropped to third on goal difference following second-placed T-Team’s 2-1 win over Sime Darby in Kuala Terengganu.