PETALING JAYA: Melaka now have four Musketeers to parade.
Their attacking quartet of S. Kumaahran, Adriano Narcizo, Sony Norde and Manuel Ott were unstoppable in the Malaysia Cup group stage and now, they want to continue their terrific form in the knockout round.
The four have scored a combined 11 goals in six matches, with Ott scoring four. Norde has three while Adriano and Kumaahran have two each.
They have steered Melaka to finish top in Group C unbeaten with 16 points.
Coach Zainal Abidin Hassan is banking on the foursome to continue with their superb form when they face Sabah in the first-leg quarter-final at the Likas Stadium in Kota Kinabalu today.
Kumaahran attributed their good run to good chemistry and tactics.
“We have performed better in the Malaysia Cup compared to the Super League. We have grown confident and believe this form will continue,” said Kumaahran.
“In our last encounter with Sabah, we lost 1-3, so that’s an added motivation for us to beat them at their own home.
“Sabah are a good side who fight well, but we want to ride on the momentum from the group stage.
“Sony, Manny, Adriano and I have formed a better combination. We get along well on the pitch too.
“We have instincts for attacking transitions, and it’s great that all four of us can move in tandem and score when there is an opportunity.”
Melaka are hoping to make it to the final of the Malaysia Cup for the first time but first, they will expect Kumaahran and Co to help the Mousedeer get past the challenge of the marauding Rhinos.