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Wednesday July 2, 2008

Mouhamadou keeps his promise

PETALING JAYA: Kelantan hotshot Mouhamadou Moustapha from Senegal dares to dream. He has picked the east coast side to make history by winning their first ever Malaysia Cup title this season.

The 24-year-old former FC Rubin Kazan striker in the Russian Premier League has been an inspirational figure in Kelantan’s transformation in the Malaysian Super League (MSL) this season.

The lanky Mouhamadou, who bagged the Golden Boot award with 27 goals in the Premier League this season said: “I am not talking about the final ... we want to take the Cup home.”

Kelantan are going great guns in their Malaysia Cup campaign in Group A.

The lead the pack on 10 points from three wins, a draw and a defeat. On Monday, they thrashed Selangor 5-2 in front of a sell-out 10,000 fans at the Sultan Mohamed IV Stadium in Kota Baru, with Mouhamadou scoring a brace.

Mouhamadou said that the initial target he had promised the Kelantan FA (Kafa) was that he would score 25 goals in the Premier League this season.

“I have surpassed that mark by scoring 27 goals in the Premier League. Overall, I have now scored 32 goals in 29 matches. The level of the competition in the Premier and Super League are almost the same. Well, we have beaten Selangor and other top teams ... so Kelantan are one of the teams to watch out for this season,” said Mouhamadou.

However, Kelantan, missed out in the race for promotion to the Super League when they could only finish third behind KL Plus and Kuala Muda Naza.

Mouhamadou said the team would make amends and win the Malaysia Cup. Kelantan reached the final twice in the Malaysia Cup competition since its inauguration in 1921. They lost on both occasion to Singapore (1-3) in 1955 and Perak (0-2) in 1970.

Kelantan also have two other quality imports in striker Bentil Enoct from Ghana and central defender Jan Necas from the Czech Republic.