PETALING JAYA: Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) are roaring on every front. With their eighth straight Super League title in the bag, the Southern Tigers are hungry for the Malaysia Cup next.
Coach Benjamin Mora said the celebrations of their Super League success are now over as his charges eye their third Malaysia Cup.
In the last edition of the competition in 2019, JDT lifted the coveted trophy for the second time by thumping Kedah 3-0 at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil.
JDT ended their Super League campaign this year by edging Kuala Lumpur 2-1 at the Sultan Ibrahim Stadium in Iskandar Puteri.
They won the championship with 57 points, 14 ahead of Kedah, who finished second with 43 points.
JDT also announced that they have donated the RM1mil prize money to the frontliners and their families.
“This is in line with the decree by Tunku Ismail (Sultan Ibrahim) as a sign of gratitude for their services and sacrifices in fighting the Covid-19 pandemic and ensuring a better future. Thank you once again,” said JDT.
JDT’s celebrations caught the eye for their spectacular fireworks and the players paraded the trophy on an open-top bus to the fans at the stadium car park.
After the festivities, Mora reminded his players to focus on the Malaysia Cup, which will be celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.
“We must now close the Super League chapter. Next, we will look at at how we’re going to play in the Malaysia Cup. The same objective. We have no other objective but to win the cup again,” said the Mexican.
“This is what we do and what we have been doing for years. It isn’t easy to always win, but we try our best and continue improving as a team because we know other teams would have studied us by now and try to counter our game.
“I’m a coach that likes to improve all the time.
“Our performance has been superb this season.
“Our stats are above every team. Possession, goals, shooting, corners, you name it. We continue evolving as a team.”
JDT have the highest number of goals in the league with 50, and they have only conceded nine goals.
Brazilian striker Bergson Da Silva is the team’s top scorer with 23 goals from 20 matches, while veteran midfielder Safiq Rahim is the top provider with five assists.
Goalkeeper Farizal Marlias has the most clean sheets with 13 shutouts.
Mora hopes the team will continue to improve and remain a force.
“We have to continue with this fighting spirit and be fearless in order to achieve success. We are in it to win it!”