PETALING JAYA: Malacca last won a league title 33 years ago.
Then, it was known as the Malaysian League.
Now, the historical state have surged to the top of the second-tier Premier League for the first time this season and there is an air of expectancy among fans that the team can end the drought.
Malacca went top of the Premier League after beating DRB-Hicom 1-0 at the Proton Stadium in Tanjung Malim on Tuesday.
Montenegrin striker Ilija Spasojevic scored a late winner from the penalty spot to propel them at the top of the 12-team standings with 18 points after eight matches. They are ahead of rivals Kuala Lumpur on goal difference.
Malacca, under coach Mat Zan Mat Aris, now hope to emulate the success of the team who won the Malaysian League in 1983.
“It feels good to be at the top. The fans are excited ... they’ve been starved of success. Can you believe that it’s been 33 years since Malacca last won the league title?
“It’s still early days but we’ll try to maintain this good run,” said Mat Zan.
Malacca will face a huge test of their title credentials when they hosts Kuala Lumpur in a top-of-the-table clash at the Hang Jebat Stadium.
“This will be a test of character for my players. It will be good to see how they cope with pressure of being at the top. We have the fans behind us ... so, I hope they will rise to the occasion and collect full points,” 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.
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