Kelantan - Johor Darul Takzim Preview: Southern Tigers look to scratch Warriors' record
Fandi Ahmad's boys will be eager to impress against the defending champions who hold an invincible record at the Sultan Muhammad IV Stadium in Kota Bharu
By Falah Abdullah
Nik Shahrul - Rizal - Obinna - Daudsu
Indra - Shakir - Badri (c) - Faiz
Norfarhan - Mandjou
JOHOR DARUL TAKZIM
Tuah - Aidil - Muslim - Azmi
Azwan - Safiq (c) - Del Nero
Safee - Guiza
Defending Super League champions, Kelantan have had a less than convincing start to the new season to say the least. Their record stands at 2 losses (including their Charity Shield defeat to ATM) and 1 win for the new look Red Warriors.
The Red Warriors hold a formidable unbeaten home record which stands untouched since their treble winning season last year. Former Perak chief striker, Keita Mandjou has the unfortunate task of replacing the effective Lebanese striker, Mohamed Ghaddar as the focal point of Kelantan's attack.
So far, he has yet to convince the fans that he is up to the task and he will be eager to impress against a star-studded Darul Takzim.
Fandi Ahmad on the other hand lambasted his players for failing to get their ego in check after a less than convincing win over nine men Perak last week. That was a much needed wake-up call for his charges who though have been brilliant offensively, showed an apparent lack of cohesion defensively so far.
This tie also represents an interesting return for former Red Warrior, Norshahrul Idlan Talaha who was embroiled in a long running transfer saga with his former employers involving his so called "debts" to Kelantan Supremo, Tan Sri Annuar Musa and his release to Darul Takzim.
The match is set for an 8.45pm kick-off, at the Sultan Muhammad IV Stadium in Kota Bharu.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Kelantan never lost a single match in all competitions at home in 2012.
- Keita Mandjou was a captain of Guinea's Under 23 squad.
- Their defender, Obinna's name means "Father's heart" in Nigerian language.
- Johor Darul Takzim's last silverware was in the year 2001; the Malaysian Premier League.
- Their custodian, Zamir Selamat was a part of Kuala Lumpur's President Cup squad.
- They are the first Malaysian team to introduce season tickets.
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|Malaysia Cup (MC)||Sep 28, 2013||Johor Darul Ta'zim 4 - Kelantan 2|
|Malaysia FA Cup (FA)||Jun 29, 2013||Kelantan 1 - Johor Darul Ta'zim 0|
|Malaysia Super League (MSL)||May 22, 2013||Johor Darul Ta'zim 2 - Kelantan 0|
|Malaysia Super League (MSL)||Jan 15, 2013||Kelantan 1 - Johor Darul Ta'zim 1|
|Mar 8, 2014||LionsXII 1 - Kelantan 2||MSL|
|Feb 26, 2014||Yangon United 5 - Kelantan 3||AFCC|
|Feb 18, 2014||PKNS FC 3 - Kelantan 3||FA|
|Feb 15, 2014||Kelantan 3 - T-Team FC 0||MSL|
|Feb 11, 2014||Kelantan 3 - PKNS FC 2||FA|
|19||Khairul Fahmi bin Che Mat||Goalkeeper|
|24||Zairul Fitree bin Ishak||Midfielder|
|5||Nik Mohd Shahrul Azim bin Abdul Halim||Defender|
|15||Mohd Daudsu Jamaludin||Defender|
|14||Mohamad Zamri bin Ramli||Defender|
|16||Mohd Shakir bin Shaari||Midfielder|
|16||Mohd Badhri bin Mohd Radzi||Midfielder|
|-||Mohd Norfarhan bin Muhammad||Midfielder|
|-||Indra Putra bin Mahayuddin||Striker|
|-||Zairo Anuar Zalani||Midfielder|
|17||Mohd Rizal Fahmi Rosid||Midfielder|
|18||Mohd Khairul Izuan bin Rosli||Midfielder|
|18||Muhammad Zamir bin Selamat||Goalkeeper|
|-||Mohd Faizal bin Mansor||Midfielder|
|7||Mohd Aidil Zafuan Abdul Radzak||Defender|
|-||Mohd Ezaidy bin Khadar||Striker|
|-||Simone Del Nero||Midfielder|
|-||Mohd Nurul Azwan bin Roya||Midfielder|
|11||Mohd Safee Sali||Striker|
|-||Zulfadhli bin Mohamed||Goalkeeper|
|-||Ahmad Tharmini bin Saiban||Defender|
|-||Muhamad Tuah Iskandar bin Jamaluddin||Defender|
|-||Ahmad Fauzi bin Shaari||Midfielder|
|28||Muhammad B. Mahinan||Midfielder|
|8||M. Zaquan Adha||Striker|