PETALING JAYA: High-riding Malacca found themselves in an unfamiliar position in the Premier League.
The historical state surged to the top of the Premier League for the first time this season by beating DRB Hicom 1-0 at the Proton Stadium in Tanjung Malim on Tuesday.
The Malacca side under coach Mat Zan Mat Aris are on cloud nine after Montenegrin striker Ilija Spasojevic scored a late winner from the penalty spot to place them top of the 12-team standings on 18 points. They are ahead Kuala Lumpur on goal difference.
“It is a good feeling to be top. The fans are excited because they have been starved of success. Can you imagine it was 33 years ago when Malacca last won the league title. But it is still early days in the competition and we will keep up the momentum,” said Mat Zan.
The City boys dropped to second spot after they were held by Perlis 2-2 at the Tuanku Syed Putra Stadium in Kangar. Malacca have no plans to surrender their lead when they face the KL side in a top-of-the-table clash at the Hang Jebat Stadium in Malacca on Friday.
“I expect some consistency from the team. We have to get the points at home,” said Mat Zan.
Last year, the former international guided Malacca to the FAM Cup after they edged Perlis 3-2 in the final. It was Malacca’s first silverware in 32 years.
Malacca do not have a rich football history and their last major success was way back in 1983. Then, they won the Premier League during the heydays of legend Datuk Soh Chin Aun.
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