Familiarity breeds confidence in Kipre as Eagles keep key players

Kedah striker Tchetche Kipre (second from right) in action against Seoul FC in their AFC Champions League playoff match.- pic courtesy of Kedah FA

PETALING JAYA: If it’s not broken, don’t fix it.

Kedah hotshot striker Tchetche Kipre is glad that the Red Eagles have retained their key players.

Kpah Sherman, Renan Alves, Baddrol Bakhtiar, Rizal Ghazali, Amirul Hisyam Awang Kechik, Azamuddin Akil, Ifwat Akmal Chek Kassim and Farhan Roslan will be donning the green and yellow jersey again for the new season.

In an interview with the team’s official media, the 33-year-old Ivorian said he is pleased that coach Aidil Sharin has also signed on talented players to beef up the squad.

“I’m so happy to return to Kedah. I missed Alor Setar, the training and my teammates. This year, I vow to do better, ” said Kipre, who scored 11 goals in all competitions in 2020.

“This team are a continuity from last season and it helps to have familiar faces to launch our assault since we already have the chemistry.

“I know some of the new players, they have the quality to elevate us to another level. The squad look good and I cannot wait to get the season started.”

Last season, Kedah finished second in the Super League and qualified for the AFC Cup.

For Kipre, the first game of the season – the Charity Shield match against league champions Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) on Jan 26 – is highly important.

“We want to open the season with a win as it would build confidence.

“I’m working hard for it because we all know JDT are not an easy side to beat. But we are a good side too and I feel we stand a good chance of winning.

“Right now, I’m working doubly hard on my fitness although I did some light training in my country but that’s not enough. I have a lot of catching up to do as the team are already into their third week of training.”

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