Coach Praises Fighting Spirit Of Terengganu FA Cup Team

Coach Praises Fighting Spirit Of Terengganu FA Cup Team

SHAH ALAM, March 19 (Bernama) — Terengganu coach Abdul Rahman Ibrahim has praised the fighting spirit of his players who chalked up a 3-1 win over Selangor in the third round of the FA Cup competition at the Shah Alam Stadium here last night.

He admitted that the squad were somewhat ‘crippled’ without several key players due to injury or match suspension.

“The Terengganu players displayed a high level of commitment even when they were a goal down until almost the end of the match,” he told reporters after the game.

“The victory gives us much confidence to face the next match. I hope the three-week rest will enable the players to come back afresh,” he said.

Terengganu will have to contend with Perak in the last eight early next month. The quarter-finals are played on a home-and-away format.

Abdul Rahman praised the performance of Ahmad Nordin Alias on the left back and Muhammad Shahrin Sapien in midfield.

He said the Turtles would secure the services of Jaime Celestino Dias Braganca, a Brazilian player who is a citizen of Timor Leste, to take the place of Hassan Chaito of Lebanon whose contract has been terminated earlier due to prolonged injury.

The Brazilian plays in various positions, including as a midfielder and a striker, and would be able to strengthen the squad after the second transfer window next month, he said.

Meanwhile, Selangor’s head coach Mehmet Durakovic said a lack of concentration in the last minute of the match and the equaliser by Terengganu’s import player Vincent Bikana in the 90th minute changed the momentum of the game.

He praised his players for putting up a sizzling performance throughout the game but admitted that the Turtles deserved the victory.

“We tried to push forward and score another goal but our opponents managed to add two more goals. My players gave their best shot and I could not ask more from them,” he said.

Durakovic also stressed that he did not have plans to reshuffle his import players during the second transfer window next month.

— BERNAMA

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