PETALING JAYA: Abdul Shukur Jusoh is hoping that his decision to rejoin Terengganu this season will be as successful as it was before he left the team.
The former Harimau Muda player left Terengganu after their FA Cup triumph in 2011. But his stints with Selangor (2012-2014), Armed Forces (2015) and Felda United (2016) have failed to yield any silverware.
The 28-year-old midfielder said that the Turtles must capitalise on their chances if they hope to end their six-year title drought when they face Super League side Kedah in the first-leg of their FA Cup semi-finals at the Darulaman Stadium in Alor Setar tomorrow.
“I left Terengganu after the FA Cup win but I did not have any success after that. It was quite disappointing.
“Now that I’m back with the team where it all began, I want to win a title here again,” said Shukur yesterday.
“We are in the Premier League and our main target is to win promotion back to the Super League. For now, we have a chance to win a silverware early and I think we must use it well.
“The coach has told us to take it one game at a time and that’s what we will do.”
The second-tier side clawed their way into the last four of the Cup competition when they prevailed 4-1 on penalties against Super League side Sarawak last Friday. The teams were tied 2-2 on aggregate after extra time.
The win also proved costly as midfielders Abdul Latiff Suhaimi and Lutfulla Turaev of Uzbekistan will miss the match through suspensions.
Shukur, a creative midfielder, said that although their aim is to not concede goals in the first leg at the Darulaman Stadium, “we are not going to park the bus”.
He picked Kosovan midfielder Liridon Krasniqi as the Red Eagles’ dangerman, who must be shackled.
“Kedah are among the title contenders and they have a strong squad this season. We face an uphill battle in the first leg and our target is to not leak in any goals,” said Shukur, who has two international caps.
“I have played with and against Kedah players and I think we’re all at the same level. But they have Liridon – a player who is a class above.
“He’s so intelligent with his passes and I like the way he orchestrates Kedah’s attacking moves.”