Felda believe they still have a fighting chance to survive

PETALING JAYA: The Fighters insist they don’t deserve the drop and have vowed to fight to the end to remain in the Super League.

Felda United’s young midfielder Daniel Amier Norhisham said that by hook or by crook, they must beat Kedah at the Tun Razak Stadium today.

A defeat against the Red Eagles would spell the end for them while a draw will leave them in a precarious situation as they need PKNP and Kuala Lumpur to lose in their final matches of the season.

Felda are currently 11th in the 12-team standings and behind 10th-placed PKNP only on goal difference as both are tied on 16 points. Basement club KL have 14 points.

In today’s other matches, PKNP will take on Petaling Jaya City while KL have the daunting task of playing against FA Cup finalists Perak away.

The 22-year-old Daniel said they can’t afford to rely on the other results to decide their fate.

“Let’s be honest, the players are under tremendous pressure. Last game of the season and we have a do-or-die mission,” said the national Under-23 player.

“Kedah will not be easy because they don’t want to be on the losing side ahead of the FA Cup final against Perak. They will be out for a morale-boosting win.”

Daniel, who recently came back from a knee injury sustained in the AFC Under-23 qualifiers in March, said they must stay strong.

“Coach (Nidzam Jamil) has told us that nothing is over, until it’s over. Anything can happen in football.

“We’re a young squad and have given our best in the season. We’re in this predicament due to our inexperience.

“If we survive, I can assure you we’ll fare much better next season. We deserve to play with the big boys.”

Daniel said he will be shadowing Kedah’s talisman and skipper Baddrol Bakhtiar tonight.

“I’ve played with him once in the Asian Games last year and his influence on the field was telling. It will not be an easy task.

“The boys, especially me, will have to close him down quickly. If we allow him to dictate the pace of the game, we’ll be in trouble.”

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