Kelantan football coach George Boateng (right) seen here celebrating with Francis Doe after he scored in the Malaysia Cup match against Armed Forces in Shah Alam Stadium two weeks ago. - Filepic
GEORGE TOWN: Kelantan have promised not to pull any punches in their final Malaysia Cup Group C match against Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) in Kota Baru on Tuesday night.
JDT are already assured of being crowned Group C champions with Kelantan accompanying them into the quarter-finals as runners-up.
The Red Warriors feel that they have a score to settle after losing the reverse fixture 1-0 in Johor Baru despite holding their own for much of the match.
“We have a duty to win at home against JDT. As coach, I want my players to enter every match thinking they can really win,” said Kelantan coach George Boateng.
“We want to put on a good show for our fans and I am expecting a good spectacle. It is a game which we want to win, and I am sure that JDT would also want to win.”
The former Dutch international was full of praise for JDT, saying they are the team to beat in Malaysia.
He also believes Kelantan and JDT will meet again in the final.
Said Boateng: “In the last two years, the top two teams in Kelantan’s group have gone on to contest the final. Hopefully, history will repeat itself this year and we go on to play JDT for the title.
“I have nothing but respect for JDT. For me, every team in the country need to look at them as an example.
“They have a nice stadium, a great coach and fantastic players. And their dressing rooms are professionally taken care of. All the other Malaysian teams, including Kelantan, can improve by looking at the way JDT go about their business.”
Meanwhile, bottom side Penang are also on a mission in their final insignificant Group C match against Armed Forces at the City Stadium.
“We want to go all out against Forces to end our campaign with a win in front of our home fans,” said Penang coach K. Devan, whose side’s only point came from the 1-1 draw with Forces in the reverse fixture at the Selayang Stadium.
“The players have given their best in every match, and it will be nice to sign off with a victory after going five matches without a win,” added Devan.