Makan serves a dish for Turtles to savour


Moment to cherish: Terengganu’s Makan Konate celebrates after scoring the winner against Kuala Lumpur in a Super League match on Friday. — Bernama

PETALING JAYA: Terengganu midfielder Makan Konate is usually known for his delicious assists - but the Malian has shown he has quite an appetite for goals as well.

And the 29-year-old served a dish for the Turtles against Kuala Lumpur at the Sultan Mizan Stadium in Kuala Nerus on Friday. Konate’s screamer from 25m out proved the match winner in Terengganu’s 1-0 win.

An ecstatic Konate could spend the whole night talking about the beauty of his strike, potentially one of the goals of the season.

“When Marcel (Nguessan) and I made the one-two pass, it was intercepted by a KL player but the ball came back towards me, ” he said.

“Many thought I would try to pass, but my first intention was to shoot because the bounce was good, and I knew I could unleash a good volley if I got my technique right.

“After unleashing the shot, it felt good to see the ball going past goalkeeper Kevin Ray (Mendoza). We got the three points, and I’m glad we have won two games in a row after the four-match winless run before our 2-1 win over Kedah last week.”

With the win, Terengganu moved up to second with 18 points while KL remain fifth with 12 points.

Meanwhile, KL coach Bojan Hodak said they played probably their best game so far but wished the players’ finishing had been better.

“We hit the post and bar, and looked much better than we were at the beginning of the season. “It’s obvious that we’re missing Dominique (Da Sylva), who is still injured. If he had played today, he would have made a difference.

“He wanted to play badly and was even willing to take painkillers, but we decided against it.”

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