Beckamengo confident Negri will enter semis


PETALING JAYA: Negri Sembilan Naza striker Christian Beckamengo said Sarawak will be made to eat humble pie in front of their home fans. 

The Super League champions' leading scorer with 19 goals this season said the East Malaysians would be no match for his team when they face off in the crucial return-leg of the Malaysia Cup quarter-finals at the Sarawak Stadium in Kuching tomorrow. 

“Sarawak won't be able to beat us,” declared Beckamengo. 

The 21-year-old lanky Cameroon striker said the 1-1 draw in the first-leg in Paroi did not reflect their real strength. 

“We had no luck. I even missed a penalty and that is something I have never failed to do in my two years with Negri. Now that the game is still open with both teams starting on equal terms in the return-leg, we will surely qualify to the semi-finals,” said Beckamengo. 

Negri skipper Khairul Anuar Baharum also felt that it would be difficult for Sarawak. 

“We have been doing well away this season. The 1-1 draw with Sarawak in the first-leg was very unfortunate. Sarawak did well to pull off a draw. They showed good tactical discipline and I am sure that being the only Premier League side in the quarter-finals, would want to create a surprise,” said Khairul. 

Negri have been one of the most consistent teams this season. They won the Super League crown seven points clear ahead of nearest rivals Malacca Telekom and qualified for the semi-finals in the FA Cup competition. 

Their strong set of midfielders includes Idris Karim, Rezal Zambery Yahaya, Bahtiar Othman, Anuar Jusoh and import's Buston Brown from Liberia and Noel Rodwell from Zambia. 

Sarawak, on the other hand, will miss injured striker Mohd Safee Sali and suspended defenders Julius Ating and Afif Amiruddin. 

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