PETALING JAYA: A strong family bond and high trust among teammates.
Midfielder Habib Haroon believes these are Terengganu’s two main strengths that could help them win their first silverware in 11 years when they take on Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) in the FA Cup final at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil tomorrow.
Terengganu last lifted the Cup in 2011 beating Kelantan 2-1 in extra time at the same venue and it was also their last appearance in the Cup.
In 2018, they reached the Malaysia Cup final but lost on penalties to Perak.
Habib said it was time for everyone to get their act right and end the long drought.
“The determination shown by the team since the first round has been very impressive and that has been translated on the field,” said Habib.
“I believe in the ability of my teammates. We are like a family.
“We treated every match as if it was a final and this is what enabled us to pass one level to the next despite facing tough matches against some of the best teams.”
Habib forms a lethal combination with Petrus Shitembi and Manuel Ott in midfield.
“We will try to match JDT’s strength even though we know their quality,” he said.
Terengganu beat Kedah (1-0), Kuching City (4-1) and Selangor (4-2 on penalties) en route to the final.
Habib, who has played in 19 games so far including the FA Cup, has scored three goals in the Super League.
His combination with Ott and Shitembi in the middle helped create a lot of opportunities for the attacking duo of Faisal Halim and Tchetche Kipre.
“We have not tasted success in a long time,” said Habib. “Now that we are in the final of a major competition, this is our best chance to end the long wait, not just for the club but also the loyal fans. We will give 120% on match day.
“Terengganu really want the FA Cup this time, more than anything else. I believe my teammates will go the distance although we start as underdogs.”
Meanwhile, forward Faisal Halim is hoping to accomplish a personal mission .
Having been a part of two finals with Pahang in 2017 and 2018, Faisal has now grown into a much sought after striker and he aims to make it third time lucky.
“This is not my first FA Cup final. I have been in the team when Pahang qualified for two finals in 2017 and 2018 but I was only a reserve player who was not listed.
“Therefore, this year I wish to make good.”
He added that 25 of his family members will be at the stadium to provide support.