PETALING JAYA: The once-mighty Kelantan are now forced to expect a favour from bitter rivals Selangor in their Malaysia Cup campaign.
The Red Warriors, who won the M-League treble in 2012, must beat the T-Team and hope Selangor do them a favour by defeating Felda United in their final Group C match on Nov 8.
The Red Giants are through to the quarter-finals after collecting an unassailable 10 points following their 2-1 victory over T-Team on Saturday.
Both Felda and T-Team have six points, but Felda occupy second place due to a superior goal difference. Bottom-placed Kelantan have only five points.
Kelantan defender Jonathan McKain admitted that their back is against the wall after they could only manage a 2-2 draw with Felda in their penultimate match at the Selayang Stadium on Saturday.
“It’s simple ... we now need to get a win over T-Team and hope Selangor beat Felda or at least hold them to a draw,” said the former Australian international.
“We will fight as we are a competitive side. We can’t guarantee a win but we will be competitive against T-Team. I believe we can qualify for the quarter-finals.”
On the draw with Felda, McKain said Kelantan were lucky to pick up a point.
“Goalkeeper Khairul (Fahmi Che Mat) played an instrumental role to help us salvage a point. He was very good, saving us a lot times,” said the 33-year-old centreback.