Insatiable Mora wants players to put up better show against PJ City

Johor Darul Ta'zim coach Benjamin Mora

PETALING JAYA: Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) coach Benjamin Mora is a hard man to please.

JDT are currently riding high in the Malaysia Cup with four wins from four matches and yet to concede a goal.

But the Mexican-born coach wants a better performance from his men after demolishing Sabah 3-0 in their Group D match at the Sultan Ibrahim Stadium in Iskandar Puteri on Tuesday.

Against Sabah, JDT got their goals through Leandro Velazquez in the sixth minute and Bergson Da Silva’s brace from a spot kick in the 33rd and header three minutes into added time.

JDT will wrap-up their group stage against Petaling Jaya City tomorrow and Kelantan on Nov 9 but Mora is not planning to slow down even with a place in the Malaysia Cup knockout round assured with 12 points from the four straight wins thus far.

Mora, commenting on the win, said he was focused on improving the team in every match.

“We have been winning a lot in the last run of games but I’m going to focus on the upcoming match against PJ City,” said Benjamin.

“They are a difficult team to play with, based on their fitness. They are good and had always been a bit of problem for JDT. I expect a difficult game.

“Then we have Kelantan next and only then we will think about the quarter-finals. We take game by game, this is why we put short term objectives on the team,” said Mora.

Against Sabah, he said: “The players showed good effort and played well. Sabah have Datuk Ong Kim Swee as their new coach but he needs time like every other coach to settle down.

“We controlled both halves. In the first half, Sabah were organised and energetic. They tried to hold on as much as possible but luckily, we got an an early goal that helped the team to play more calmly.”

Meanwhile, in another Group D match, Petaling Jaya City held hosts Kelantan to a 0-0 draw in Kota Baru.

The results leaves PJ City in second spot with five points but they are still not assured of a spot in the last eight.

Kelantan, who are third in the group, and fourth-placed Sabah have two points each and are still in the running for the second quarter-final spot from the group.



Pahang 5 Penang 0

Kuala Lumpur 2 Sarawak United 2


Terengganu 4 Perak 0

Selangor 2 Kuching City 1




Group C

Kelantan Utd vs Kedah Darul Aman

(Sultan Mohd IV Stadium)

Group D

Sabah vs Kelantan

(Likas Stadium)

PJ City vs JDT

(MBPJ Stadium)



P W D L F A Pts

Kuala Lumpur 4 2 2 0 10 4 8

Sarawak United 4 2 1 1 6 7 7

Pahang 4 2 0 2 10 4 6

Penang 4 0 1 3 7 8 1


P W D L F A Pts

Terengganu 4 4 0 0 12 2 12

Selangor 4 3 0 1 9 4 9

Kuching City 4 0 1 3 4 11 1

Perak 4 0 1 3 3 11 1


P W D L F A Pts

Melaka United 4 3 1 0 10 5 10

Kedah 4 3 0 1 10 3 9

Negeri Sembilan 4 1 0 3 1 8 3

Kelantan United 4 0 1 3 4 9 1


P W D L F A Pts

Johor Darul Ta’zim 4 4 0 0 8 0 12

Petaling Jaya City 4 1 2 1 4 3 5

Kelantan 4 0 2 2 3 7 2

Sabah 4 0 2 2 3 8 2

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