PETALING JAYA: Johor Darul Ta’zim coach Benjamin Mora can’t even remember how it felt like losing as it had been a long time ago.
And so it did not come as a surprise when Mora vented out his frustration after Terengganu snapped their 21-game unbeaten record in all competitions that they had proudly held for almost two years.
After a 0-1 defeat in the Super League match against second-placed Terengganu at the Sultan Ibrahim Stadium on Saturday, Mora cut a forlorn figure on the sidelines and could not hide his disappointments.
But more than the defeat, Mora said he was upset over Terengganu’s lack of sportsmanship.
“We lost to a team that sat back all game, and defended with 11 players in 35 metres, ” said Mora. “The opponents are trying to beat JDT in different ways. They waste time, drop to the floor.
“Maybe the instructions to the team are... we can’t compete against JDT, but we can fall and make time.
“Maybe that’s a strategy, but I don’t like it, and it’s not in favour of the beauty of football.
“It’s against the sporting spirit. That’s not sportsmanship.
“Goalkeeper dropping to the floor five times and having cramps, but he only runs two kilometres during the game.
“I hope we can compete in a good way. In the Asian Champions League, you do not see this happening. Only in Malaysian League, you see this.
“Look, we are still top of the table, and we have one more game to finish the first round of the league. I do not give excuses. We lost, but we stay positive.”
The defeat was a bitter pill to slow, but Mora said it was a wake-up call for JDT as they know that the competition would only get tougher, and it was time for them to regroup.
“Today, we couldn’t do it, and we are JDT’s. We don’t like to lose, but we lost. We embrace it like professionals and will be ready for the next challenge, ” he said.
“Almost two years, imagine how it’s beautiful not to lose that long. We can’t find this in any other leagues. We need to be grateful that we have had this and be different. It’s sad to lose in this gorgeous stadium. We hate to lose, but don’t worry, we will win again.”