Nirennold believes Lion Troops can emerge victors against Kedah

Arif Aiman (left) attempts to dribble past UiTM’s centreback Victor Nirennold. - Photo by Johor Southern Tigers

PETALING JAYA: UiTM have had a rough start in the Super League but their captain Victor Nirennold believes they have what it takes to bounce back.

The Lion Troops have not roared so far this season as they are at the bottom of the table with just a point from four matches.

They have lost to Terengganu (1-2), Kuala Lumpur (0-1) and Johor Darul Ta’zim (0-4) but showed resilience when they held Penang 0-0 at the City Stadium in Georgetown last week.

Nirennold said the draw with Penang was a confidence booster and hoped that they could conjure a shock result against northern giants Kedah at the UiTM Stadium in Shah Alam today.

“We didn’t have the best of starts because, in some games, we didn’t have the luck to have all of our foreign players together. Only against Penang, we had all five foreigners together. We drew, got a clean sheet and had the opportunity to win too, ” said the 29-year-old Frenchman.

“We just have to keep doing what we are doing. We should not get frustrated because the results will come if we keep to our plan. It’s just the beginning of the season, and we still have 18 games left. So there are points to collect.

“Also, I played with a new partner at the back (Mohd Aliff Najmi Shaaini), who is young and will only grow more confident with more game time.”

Known for his strong leadership, Nirennold said he never spoke about last season’s success to the current set of players as he wanted them to chart their own history this season.

“Last season is over. The team have changed a lot.

“We have new foreigners and also local players and it’s about starting afresh.

“Every game is a new opportunity and we shouldn’t be demoralised.

“We shouldn’t put pressure on ourselves. Just play with confidence... the season is long.

“Kedah have good players and they are one of the best sides in Malaysia. We’re excited to play against them and will be going in with the motivation to win.”

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