Piala Malaysia 2013
Published: August 20, 2013
Piala Malaysia 2013, 2013 Malaysia Cup campaign will kick off tomorrow, will see a clash of 16 teams vying for the top football trophy homeland.
Invitation from the Singapore team, the Lions XII FC Super League champion this season, seen as a ‘thorn in the flesh “to 15 other teams for the younger players lined many other strong advantages of artificial grass in action at Jalan Besar Stadium, Singapore.
Based on the Malaysia Cup draw held on 27 July, nephew V. Sundramoorthy is regarded as the favorites to win Group D, which also comprises Perak, Kedah and Sarawak Premier League champions.
Failure of the local team beat teams from across the causeway in the Super League when they visit Singapore, can be a useful lesson for them in the Malaysia Cup hopes this time.
For the record, Team Lion XII FC are unbeaten in 11 matches at home and only a 1-1 draw against Johor (JDT) in the Super League this season.
Sundramoorthy met by Bernama recently, however, did not consider playing on an artificial pitch as an advantage as he described the three other teams in Group D also a good chance to reach the quarter-finals.
“Though we expect easy win playing at home, I remind players not to underestimate the other teams, especially the Sarawak which is in addition to the Premier League champions Perak and Kedah are able to compete against us,” he said.
By contrast, 32 times Malaysia Cup champions, Selangor, which is still continuing ‘Mission 33′ after being stranded in the semi-finals last season following a 0-3 aggregate defeat to defending champions Kelantan.
Selection of the Shah Alam Stadium as the venue for the Malaysia Cup final, will be the best charms for Irfan Bakti’s operating team to complete the ‘Mission 33′ though will face three other teams including the Malaysian Armed Forces (ATM), Sime Darby FC and Johor FA in Group A.
Status star team, which until now failed JDT embrace any trophies this season, including losing 0-1 to Kelantan in the FA Cup final on 29 June, necessarily crave the Malaysia Cup to redeem their disappointment.
South Tigers squad that got former contact the operator of the Johor FA, Mohamed Azmi to replace Singapore football legend, Fandi Ahmad is expected to easily reach the quarter-finals after being drawn in Group B with three club teams of Selangor PKNS FC, T-Team and Felda United FC.