High-flying Eagles eye third prey in Super League

PETALING JAYA: Kedah, the Red Eagles from the north, are soaring high and coach Aidil Sharin is expectedly eyeing a third prey in a row in their Super League campaign.

Since the M-League restarted, cash-strapped Kedah beat Police 2-0 on Aug 29 and then scored a come-from-behind 2-1 win over Petaling Jaya City last week.

Kedah bounced back through goals from Kpah Sherman (24th minute) and Tchetche Kipre (67th) after PJ City took the lead through Washington Brandao at the Darulaman Stadium in Alor Setar to be placed third in the 12-team Super League standings with 10 points from six matches.

They are now six points behind leaders Johor Darul Ta’zim with five more matches to play.

Aidil, who guided Kedah to the FA Cup title last season, feels that his men are capable of upsetting the odds going by the team spirit displayed by the players.

However, he has warned his men from taking their next opponents, Felda United, lightly at the Tun Abdul Razak Stadium in Jengka on Saturday.

“We got our second win after the restart and now we need to keep going forward... we need to focus on the match against Felda and I feel it won’t be an easy game because they have their own strength, ” said the Singaporean coach.

“We still need to ratify certain flaws in the team. I am also banking on recovered defender Renan (Alves) to return to action.”

Aidil said skipper Baddrol Bakhtiar is playing an exemplary role in leading the team and new defender Irfan Zakaria has really stepped up to the plate especially in the game against PJ City.

“All the players performed very well in the win over PJ City. Baddrol gives his all for the team... Irfan is becoming more and more a quality defender and his partnership with Shakir (Hamzah) is growing as their understanding is getting better, ” said Aidil.

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