Safawi to step up in JDT’s final Super league match

Out of his hands: Safawi Rasid (left) was not at his best in the loss to PJ City as he had just recovered from a bout of influenza.

PETALING JAYA: Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) hotshot forward Safawi Rasid is out to make amends at the Larkin Stadium when they host Terengganu in their final Super League match.

The Southern Tigers were stunned 0-1 by Petaling Jaya (PJ) City in their penultimate Super League match at the Larkin Stadium on Tuesday.

The shock loss also ended JDT’s 75-match unbeaten run at home since April 14, 2012.

The defeat did not matter to JDT as they have wrapped up their sixth Super League title last month with four matches remaining and they have topped the table with an unassailable 52 points from 21 matches.

JDT, who will be receiving their Super League trophy after the match, are looking to end the season on a high at the Larkin Stadium.

They will be playing at a new venue – the Sultan Ibrahim Stadium – next season and have arranged for a massive celebration.

Safawi, who was not at his best in the loss to PJ City as he had just recovered from a bout of influenza, said the defeat was a wake-up call.

“I’ve to admit that we didn’t do well against PJ. I was not at my best too as I was coming back from an influenza infection and had missed the earlier Super League game,” said the 22-year-old.

“That defeat taught us well and we will not let our guard down any more because everyone gives their 100% when they play against us.”

The Turtles are currently placed seventh in the 12-team standings with 29 points from 21 matches but have lost their last two matches.

However, Safawi said they can’t afford to look down on the East Coast side.

“We played a tough game against Terengganu and it ended with a 2-2 draw earlier in the season. They are a side who will punish us if we are not careful. They have good players ... especially their imports,” said Safawi, who joined JDT in 2017.

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