Nikola urges Felda to draw inspiration from JDT clash

  • Football
  • Thursday, 04 Jun 2020

The hero: Felda United goalkeeper Muhaimin Mohamad saved a penalty during the Super League draw against JDT.

PETALING JAYA: Felda United centreback Nikola Raspopovic has urged his teammates to draw inspiration from their last match on March 15 when the Super League resume in September.

That match, the last before Malaysian football action was halted because of the Covid-19 pandemic, saw the Fighters holding reigning Super League champions Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) to a 1-1 draw at the Sultan Ibrahim Stadium.

Raspopovic was impressed by his teammates’ drive and fighting spirit which denied the Southern Tigers victory when Felda goalkeeper Muhaimin Mohamad even saved Gonzalo Cabrera’s penalty in the 62nd minute.

The league will resume with only one round, instead of two rounds, to be played and only seven matches remaining to decide the outcome.

“We cannot change anything. Instead of saying this can’t be done, that can’t be done, let’s just be professionals, and get on with the game.

“I am a little sad because I cannot play a full season, ” said the 30-year-old Serb, who last played for Czech Republic club Dukla Prague.

“I got to know my mates better after that JDT game.

“We faced one of the best sides in the league, and to see them show such big heart throughout, that was satisfying.

“That draw must be the impetus for us. Be brave, and we must show to everyone, especially ourselves, that we can achieve great results in the league.”

The 1.88m player has so far played in three matches in the league with Felda currently in sixth place with five points from four matches.

Raspopovic wants to stay fit to give his best when the training and competition resume.

“It will be great to go out on the field again.

“Never in my life have I gone for such a long period without running on the field. I am so used to training every day with playing week in and week out.

“Also, watching the guys play in the K-League and Bundesliga feels good.

“They are blessed to be on the field again. I wish it happens soon in Malaysia.”

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