Terengganu still hopeful despite the odds stacked against them

KUALA NERUS: Despite being no stranger to Malaysia Cup finals, Terengganu are aware that any hope of an upset against Johor Darul Ta’zim in Friday’s final will require full focus and composure.

Terengganu Football Association president Hishamuddin Abd Karim said the Turtles were clearly the underdogs against the current giants of Malaysian football, who will be gunning for Kedah’s record of a ‘double treble’.

Kedah achieved this in the 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons by winning the league, Malaysia Cup and FA Cup for two straight seasons.

“We all are aware that JDT are one complete team with quality in every single department, and they have the temperament as well in big occasions like this,” said Hishamuddin.

“However, if we are strong mentally and can stay focused throughout the match, we have a chance of dethroning them,” he said.

The last time the Turtles squad made it to the final stage of the Malaysia Cup was in 2018 under the guidance of coach Irfan Bakti Abu Salim, in which they lost to Perak in a penalty shootout. — Bernama

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