Thursday, 30 August 2018

MIFA’s mission to the quarter-finals ‘disrupted’

By news-admin – KUALA LUMPUR: The battle against Kelantan at the Sultan Muhammad IV Stadium this Friday will be a key determinant for MIFA, whether if it is possible to book an early ticket to the Malaysia Cup quarter-finals or otherwise.

K Devan’s squad must win against The Red Warriors (TRW) to create a new history for the club to reach the quarter-finals of the Malaysia Cup for the first time.

However, they will face a tough battle when traveling to Kota Bharu without two main players – Syedi L’Iman and Kpah Sherman.

L’Iman could not join the team due to a deal with Kelantan while Sherman was suspended after being red carded when facing Kedah before this.

Devan explained he needed to plan the best strategy to cover the vacancy left behind by the two main players.

“We will form a game strategy for Kota Bharu and I think we can not give up even though we have to play without our two main players,” said Devan.

“After four games we are still top of Group C and we will continue the fight. Only two games left, so we will try to get a win to go to the quarter-finals.

“But if you are in the top position after four games and not qualified for the quarter-finals, it will be a big loss.”

In the first round of the group stage, MIFA managed to beat Kelantan 2-0 at the Petaling Jaya Municipal Council Stadium on Aug 10.

MIFA now leads the group with seven points, one point ahead of Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) who is in second place.

Kedah finished third with five points while Kelantan, who has four points in the fourth spot.

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