University Tigers hope to roar louder in FA Cup after disarming Police

PETALING JAYA: A bunch of students are all fired up after gunning down Police in the FA Cup.

The Malaysian University, a side playing in the Malaysia A1 Semi-Pro League, pulled off the biggest surprise on Wednesday when they defeated police, a regular Super League club, 3-0 in the last 16 of the FA Cup at the Selayang Stadium.

The goals were scored by Syahir Abd Rahman in the fifth minute, followed by Hadi Mohamad (ninth) and Zharif Nazhan Refli (92nd minute).

No one gave the minnows a chance but the side led by coach Ridzuan Abu Shah defied the odds with a swashbuckling performance to earn a spot in the two-legged quarter-finals.

The team known as the University Tigers could be facing defending champions Johor Darul Ta’zim or Kelantan United in the next stage.

Syahir, one of the goalscorers, admitted that it was a shock to take down Police, as they are known as the giantkillers in the Super League.

“Police are also the defending champions of the Challenge Cup, so it was shocking to beat them,” said the 22-year-old.

“It’s an unforgettable moment as I scored the first goal through a shot from outside the box.

“That goal gave our team the confidence to go all out. Credit to my teammates for this win against a side that’s one level above us.”

While buoyed by the win, Syahir said they would stay grounded and prepare for their next opponents.

“We will celebrate but will not go overboard because we want to move forward. Our next opponents will be strong,” he said.

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