Terengganu's Joseph downplays good form ahead of new season


  • Football
  • Sunday, 24 Jan 2016

Police's Mohd Fikry Tajuddin and Terengganu's Joseph Kallang Tie vies a ball during their friendly match at PULAPOL , Kuala Lumpur.. -- M. Azhar Arif/The Star 23 Jan 2016

PETALING JAYA: Terengganu midfielder Joseph Kallang Tie is not going to let his recent scoring form get to his head.

The Sarawakian has averaged a goal per match. He scored in all three of the Super League side’s friendlies – a 2-0 win over Police (Jan 23), a 2-1 loss to Kuala Lumpur (Jan 21) and the 3-0 win over UiTM (Jan 19).

Joseph’s form is certainly good news for the Turtles, who are struggling to find a replacement for former Golden Boot winner Paulo Rangel. The Brazilian left to join Super League champions Johor Darul Ta’zim this season.

The 28-year-old, however, was quick to downplay his good form, saying that pre-season form should not be taken seriously.

“It’s a great feeling to score for the team but scoring in friendlies is different from scoring in an actual competitive match. We are still a work in progress,” said Joseph.

“But it’s a good start to score goals during the pre-season ... scoring goals is something that I always wanted to bring into my game. I hope I can keep scoring when the season starts.”

The Miri-born Joseph is in his second stint with Terengganu. He first joined Terengganu in 2007. During his four-year stay, he managed to help the team win the FA Cup in 2011.

He left to play for his home state and helped Sarawak bag the Premier League crown in 2013.

This season, he decided to leave the Crocs to play for Terengganu again.

The fleet-footed Joseph now hopes to help Terengganu end their four-year title drought. The east coast side have retained the core of the 2011 team for the new season, which begins on Feb 13.

The old hands from the FA Cup winning squad are midfielder Ismail Faruqi Asha’ri, goalkeeper Mohd Sharbinee Allawee, winger Ashari Samsudin and defender Zubir Azmi.

“Terengganu are always a title contender in the M-League ... we won the FA Cup the last time when I was here. I hope we can win something again in my second stint,” said Joseph who is equally adept as a central midfielder or right winger.

“Nothing much have changed. I have no problems slotting into the team... it’s like I have never left the team,” said Joseph.

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