Kedah and Sabah reach the last four

  • Football
  • Sunday, 16 Sep 2018

All to fight for: Kedah’s Ahmad Firdaus Ismail (centre) vying for the ball with Melaka’s Muhammad Ridhwan Mohd Nazri at the Manjung Municipal Council stadium yesterday. — Bernama

KEDAH’S football coach Victor Andrag was in no mood to celebrate although his team reached the semi-finals.

The Canaries defeated Melaka 2-1 deep into the extra time in the quarter-final at the Manjung Municipal Council Stadium yesterday and Andrag hoped the team would recover in time for their next match.

Melaka took the lead through Muhd Izreen Izwandy in the second minute of extra time in the first half but Kedah made a comeback with substitute Ahmad Firdaus Ismail’s late equaliser in the 89th minute to force the match into extra time.

Striker Aminuddin Abu Bakar became the hero after scoring the winner through a spot-kick in the 116th minute.

Victor said his players were tired after coming through gruelling matches.

“I give credit to the players as they kept fighting to win this game. I was confident that my players will make a comeback in the game and they did,” said the Kedah legend.

Kedah failed to clear the group stage at the 2016 Sukma in Sarawak and Victor hoped they would keep the momentum going.

“We’ve done better from previous Games. We have nothing to lose in the semifinal,” he said.

“We also lost the President’s Cup final to Terengganu last month, the players are hungry for success and I hope we can go all the way to win the gold medal for Kedah.”

In another quarter-final at the Lumut Navy Stadium, Sabah overcame Pahang 7-6 in penalties after both were tied at 3-3 after 120 minutes.

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