Tchetche shows Kedah he’s worth it with hattrick

  • Football
  • Thursday, 23 Jan 2020

We’ll fly high: Kedah’s Kipre Tchetche is congratulated by Mohd Hadin Azman after scoring against Hong Kong’s Tai Po in the second preliminary round of the AFC Champions League qualification match at the Darulaman Stadium in Alor Setar. Kedah won 5-1. — Bernama

PETALING JAYA: New signing Kipre Tchetche proved to be a livewire for Kedah after scoring a hattrick against Hong Kong’s Tai Po in the second preliminary round of the AFC Champions League qualification.

Kedah won 5-1 at the Darulaman Stadium in Alor Setar on Tuesday.

Instead of basking in the spotlight, the Ivorian, who scored in the third, 21st and 90th minutes, praised the team’s ability to work as a unit.

Coach Aidil Sharin’s Red Eagles showed great chemistry and attacking verve, despite having many new players in the team for the new season.

The other player who stole the show was Hadin Azmin, also a new signing from Felda United, who scored a double (47th and 66th).

Chan Man Fai scored Tai Po’s consolation goal in the 68th minute.

Tchetche said the pre-season preparation in Alor Setar has worked wonders as the players had blended well.

“It shows that good preparation only lead to good results. The team signed many new players, including me, but we showed that we could work well together against Tai Po,” said the 32-year-old.

“The hattrick was possible because of my teammates. If this continues, other players would have the opportunity to score too.”

Meanwhile, Aidil said the emphatic victory was good for the team’s confidence and he would be expecting another good show when they face Seoul FC of South Korea in the final preliminary round on Jan 28.

If they win again, they will be assured of a berth in the ACL group stage.

“Right after the game, I checked the weather in Seoul, and it was two degree Celsius. In Alor Setar, it is 36. The difference is enormous, and we have to adapt quickly,” said Aidil.

“We have six days to prepare, and the boys know that they have to work harder. Korean League clubs are on another level, but if we work hard and follow the plans, anything can happen in football.

“I am smiling right now because of Tchetche’s performance.

“I hope to see more of this, and let’s hope it happens against Seoul.”

They also had a positive tour of Cambodia, emerging as champions in the pre-season friendly tournament last week.

Last season, FA Cup champions Kedah ended their Super League campaign unbeaten at home.

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