Kedah to go for broke in pursuit of vital three points to help their survival efforts at the Darulaman Stadium against the visiting Negeri Sembilan who are winless in three
Having won seven points from the last four games, Kedah will go into the game against “The Deers” feeling confident, tomorrow night.
Caretaker coach Radhi Mat Din seems to have somewhat steadied the ship since taking over from head coach Wan Jamak Wan Hassan, who is away on leave. Kedah, who are currently in the play-off places, need to win all their remaining games to stand a chance of automatically staying in the top tier of Malaysian football next year.
The treble winners of 2007 & 2008 are currently tied with Sabah on 25 points and nine points would see them finish the league with 34 points, which is likely to be enough for them to stay safe. In a recent interview with the Malaysian media, Kedah captain Baddrol Bakhtiar, who seems to have rediscovered his form in the last few games, attributed Kedah’s poor showings in the league to injuries and suspensions to key players. With Vedran Gerc and Amar Rohidan still very much doubtful and Fauzi Nan currently serving a suspension for his red card against Terengganu, Kedah’s luck on this front does not look to have taken a turn for the better yet.
Meanwhile, Negeri Sembilan will travel to Alor Setar to try and end their three-game winless streak. Coach Azraai Khor will be hoping to take his side to the place where he made his name and come back to Seremban with full points, making his home state’s mission almost impossible in the process.
Negeri, who have not kept a clean sheet in a very long time, will be hoping for national player S.Kunanlan and skipper Shukor Adan to step up to the plate and start creating chances for Shahurain Abu Samah and Jean Effa Owona; both have a combined total of only one goal in the last three games.
Kedah can temporarily go tenth if they beat Negeri by a clear four goals before their rivals take to the field on Saturday, while the visitors can pip Terengganu to fifth at least for a day until the east coast side plays Sabah.