PENANG: While the rest of the Penang squad are looking forward to their maiden Charity Shield appearance on Sunday, Wan Rohaimi Wan Ismail will be gunning for a unique treble.
If selected to play at the State Stadium in Batu Kawan, the former Pahang and Terengganu striker will be making his third consecutive appearance in the annual curtain raiser to the Malaysian football season.
Wan Rohaimi has bittersweet memories of his two previous Charity Shield matches for Terengganu.
As the 2000 FA Cup champions, the Turtles humbled Perak 4-0 in the 2001 Charity Shield before going on to clinch the Malaysia Cup after a 2-1 win over the same opponents in the final.
However, Wan Rohaimi could not save Terengganu from a 1-2 defeat at the hands of Selangor in last year's Charity Shield despite scoring the opening goal of the match in the 21st minute. Selangor won through a second half Azman Adnan brace.
This year, the 33-year-old striker has joined FA Cup champions Penang and gets a second chance to set things right against Selangor, the current Malaysia Cup champions.
Penang versus Selangor will be a very good way to kick off the 2003 season and I expect a highly entertaining and competitive match this Sunday.
I have added motivation in taking on Selangor because of the disappointment I felt after being on the losing side despite scoring a goal last year, said Wan Rohaimi.
He also stressed that it was important for Penang to get off on a winning start at home in the match which will double up as a league match.
Last year, Terengganu lost the Charity Shield at home and the team found it hard to find the rhythm in the following matches. Therefore, it is vital that Penang put on a high-quality performance to get the team going in the early stage of the season, added the striker.
First, though, Wan Rohaimi has to stave off the challenges from fellow strikers Gustavo Romero and Hasmawi Hassan in clinching one of the two striking spots available in the team.
All three of us have agreed that it does not matter who gets to play as long as we get the job done for Penang.
Since arriving here, I have developed a good rapport with the other players and the atmosphere in the team is just fantastic, he said.