Syafiq anticipates ‘explosive affair’ against Giants

  • Football
  • Thursday, 24 Oct 2019

KUALA LUMPUR: Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) forward Syafiq Ahmad is bracing for an explosive encounter when they take their slender 2-1 lead over Selangor in the Malaysia Cup semi-finals to Shah Alam.

Syafiq knows what Selangor are capable of and has warned his teammates that they should tread with caution.

“In the first leg, they managed to pull level just minutes after I had opened the scoring in the 14th minute, ” said Syafiq.

The 24-year-old nippy national forward added that their one-goal lead has set up the return leg at the Shah Alam Stadium quite nicely for an intense final 90 minutes.

“Our 2-1 win was not easy. When it comes to the semi-finals, every team are good enough to match each other and won’t be easy to beat. They were all over us and hardly gave us room to play our normal game.

“I was not very happy with our performance, but I should thank my teammates who tirelessly went all out for the win, ” said Syafiq.

The 2-1 score does not seem like a comfortable advantage for JDT coach Benjamin Mora, if he recalls how Selangor clawed back from behind to record a 3-2 victory over defending champions Perak in the quarter-finals last month.

At the Larkin Stadium, Syafiq put the 2017 champions ahead but the lead was cancelled out by Selangor striker Ifedayo Olusegun just three minutes later.

The Super League champions, however, pressed on and won the match through Leandro Velazquez’s strike in the 49th minute.

JDT, however, can bank on their perfect record against the Red Giants this season, including their 3-2 and 4-2 wins in the Super League matches, to spur them on to another Cup final. — Bernama

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