PETALING JAYA: Great captains aren’t interested in personal glory, they always put the team first.
And Terengganu skipper Carli De Murga has inspired those around him in their Super League matches thus far.
The players will be banking on the Filipino international leadership qualities again when they take on table-toppers Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) at the Sultan Ibrahim Stadium today.
The 32-year-old has adapted quickly with Terengganu and largely thanks to him, the Turtles are currently second with 18 points.
“After a slight hiccup, the team are in high spirit again after two consecutive wins.
“It was a timely boost as it gave us the motivation and confidence to face the defending champions, ” said De Murga.
“Being the captain is an honour but it comes with a huge responsibility too, which I will carry it with pride.
“We also have massive support from the fans.
“They are very passionate and we are lucky to represent them, so I want my teammates to show the same passion on the field.”
De Murga predicted the match to be the game of the season for Terengganu and added that he was looking forward to neutralise their top scorer, Bergson da Silva.
The Brazilian has scored nine goals in seven matches.
“Bergson is a top poacher and JDT have many top players who can spoil our night. The key is to break their rhythm.
“We must be on the same page as it will take a huge effort from all of us to beat them.”
Meanwhile, JDT coach Benjamin Mora said he is wary of Terengganu’s young players.
“Their coach (Nafuzi Zain) has done a good job with the youngsters, but I believe we can continue with what we have done at our ground, ” said Mora.
In their last meeting at the Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin Stadium, JDT narrowly won 1-0 through an early goal by Safawi Rasid in the fifth minute.