Muhd Nidzam Did Not Expect To Lift FA Cup As Coach

Muhd Nidzam Did Not Expect To Lift FA Cup As Coach
SHAH ALAM, May 21 (Bernama) — Muhd Nidzam Adzha Yusoff did not expect to win the FA Cup as the coach of the Red Eagle squad after winning the championship as a player with the Perak team, in 1990 and as a Kedah player in 1996.

As the acting Kedah chief coach now, he said the feat to beat Pahang 3-2 in the FA final at the Shah Alam Stadium last night was due to the hard work put in by the Red Eagle players.

“I had never expected to win the FA Cup championship twice as a player and now as a coach.

“Alhamdulillah (praise be to Allah), what we had planned before the match had been fruitful although there were several errors that we committed in the second half of the game,”he told a news conference after the match last night.

Meanwhile, Muhd Nidzam Adzha said that the Kedah Football Association (KFA) had promised to give him a chance to continue to train the Red Eagle squad until the end of the current season.

Sharing the same view was the Kedah squad skipper, Khairul Helmi Johari who expressed his appreciation to his team mates who had given their best performance when facing the Tok Gajah squad managed by Dollah Salleh.

“I thank the coaching staff as well as the players who had given their best commitment in the match last night.

“However, I hope the team members can improve on whatever weaknesses in facing the remaining matches in the current Super League season,”said Khairul Helmi who plays in mid-field position.

Meanwhile, Dollah Salleh said the absence of Francisco Insa Bohigues who was given a red card in the 32nd minute affected play for the Tok Gajah squad to the extent of enabling Kedah to score the winning goal.

“I cannot blame him for the decision although I had briefed all the players to refrain from indulging in rough tactics.

“I had planned to field him to block Kedah striker, Liridon Krasniqi but this had backfired…However, I congratulate the players who had given their best performance although they had to play with 10 players in the remaining 65 minutes of the game,”Dollah said.