PETALING JAYA: UiTM skipper Mohd Faizal Arif and Co are regrouping in Seremban to come out with a new strategy to beat Sabah in their last Super League match.
All matches in the league have been completed except for the UiTM-Sabah tie which was originally scheduled for Oct 10 at the Likas Stadium in Kota Kinabalu but will now be played at the Cheras Football Stadium on Oct 31.
Faizal said they have been training in Seremban since last week after the Klang Valley was declared a Covid-19 red zone.
“The management decided to move our base (from Shah Alam) to Seremban to prepare for the Sabah game and I think we are managing our training well, ” said the 25-year-old defender. “The match against Sabah is crucial, a win or a draw will see us finish sixth.”
UiTM are currently eighth in the 12-team standings with 14 points. If they moved up to sixth, they will get a better seeding for the Malaysia Cup draw on Nov 1.
Sabah, who are 10th, have also qualified for the Malaysia Cup which will kick off on Nov 6-8.
Faizal said a win against Sabah would also put them in good spirit ahead of the competition.
“I saw a change in training when the imports and a new coach joined the team this season. All of us combined well and our work rate became our strong point, ” said Faizal.
The signing of Frank Bernhardt, who previously coached the national Under-19 team and the signing of foreigners – Frenchmen Ousmane Fane and Victor Nirennold, Filipino Mark Hartmann, Lebanese Rabih Ataya and Brazilian Gustavo Almeida – had turned the team into giant killers.
“ I hope we can continue with our good performance in the Malaysia Cup.”
UiTM started well when the league resumed on Aug 28 by beating Felda United 1-0 and Pahang 1-0 but lost against Perak 0-1. They bounced back by beating Tereng-ganu 2-1 before holding Selangor 3-3 but lost their penultimate match 2-4 to Petaling Jaya City.