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Felda to field first team in clash against Selangor


Felda’s Ndumba Makeche scored a hat-trick in the first-leg match of the Malaysia Cup against Selangor at the Shah Alam Stadium last Friday.

Felda’s Ndumba Makeche scored a hat-trick in the first-leg match of the Malaysia Cup against Selangor at the Shah Alam Stadium last Friday.

PETALING JAYA: High-riding Felda United can afford to take it easy in the return leg of the Malaysia Cup quarter-final against a demoralised Selangor at the Temerloh Stadium in Pahang on Friday.

The Fighters, as Felda are known, are on course for the semi-finals after taking a comfortable 4-0 lead in the first-leg match at the Shah Alam Stadium last Friday.

But Felda coach Irfan Bakti has promised to field his first team, including the four regulars who are one caution away from suspension.

“I will field a good side ... and that’s final. The players know the rules ... like not to waste time or pick up any more cautions and risk getting suspended for the semi-finals,” said Irfan.

Those on cautions are leftback Mohd Aizul Ridzuan Razali, left winger Ahmad Syamim Yahya and midfielders Sharulnizam Mustapha and Mohd Raimi Mohd Nor.

Irfan said football was a “gentleman’s game” and he doesn’t want to disappoint the fans at the Temerloh Stadium.

In the first-leg, Felda’s Ndumba Makeche scored a hat-trick in the 22nd, 84th and 86th minutes while Edward Wilson got one in the 45th minute.

If they go through, Felda will meet the winners of the other quarter-final between Terengganu and Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT). Both teams played out a goalless draw in Kuala Terengganu last Friday.

Felda are on a roll this season. They won promotion to the Super League by virtue of being runners-up in the 12-team Premier League behind champions Police. They also made the FA Cup final, losing 2-1 to Pahang.

Selangor, however, look set to finish empty-handed for a fourth consecutive season.

The 32-time Malaysia Cup champions last bagged a silverware in 2010 when they won the Super League.

   

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