Melaka samba stars confident of reaching Cup quarters

Able hands: Adriano Narcizo in action for Melaka during a friendly match. — Photo by Melaka United

PETALING JAYA: High-riding Melaka are happily dancing to the samba tune set by their Brazilian players.

Since winger Adriano Narcizo and striker Giovane Gomes’ arrival in the second transfer window, they’ve helped steer the Mousedeer from the drop zone to finish eighth in the 12-team Super League.

They have also started well in the Malaysia Cup winning both their opening matches against Negri Sembilan (2-0) and Kedah (3-1) to head Group C with six points.

Adriano has contributed three goals and six assists in 11 matches. Giovane, meanwhile, has bagged one with one assist but has proven to be a strong target man that allows others to be a threat in front of goal.

Adriano is confident that their momentum will continue and is optimistic of a great run in the competition.

“We are now focused and confident. The team are in great spirits and we have a realistic chance of reaching the quarter-finals,” said the 27-year-old, who can also function as a playmaker.

“We started very well and the target now is to maintain our performance and determination to qualify for the next round.

“My objective is definitely the Cup final and I think I’m not alone in this as the whole team are striving hard towards that goal.”

The Brazilians’ arrival has got the thumbs up from their midfielder Manuel Ott.

Ott said although the duo could only speak Portuguese, but on the pitch, the language of football will overcome any barrier.

“Communication with them is not a big problem as I understand the way they play. These two have given us variations in our attack. The transition from defence to attack is also much smoother these days,” said the 29-year-old German-born Filipino.

“They always find ways to open up spaces which allows goalscoring opportunities for their teammates.”

Melaka will resume their Cup campaign against Group C stragglers Kelantan United at the Hang Jebat Stadium on Oct 29.

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