Selangor have gone from being the hunted to the hunters at the top of the table, and they are now in dire need of maximum points to keep their title hopes alive
BY MARK DAWSON
Farisham - Fitri Omar - Nik Shahrul
Fakri - Izuan - Radzi (c) - Shawky - Wan Zaharulnizam
Forkey - Gan
Azmi - Pantelidis - Shahrom (c) - Rizal
Kunanlan - Nazmi - Shukor - Veenod
Kelantan, who fell to a 1-0 defeat at Pahang in their last fixture, are currently only two points above Sarawak, and level on points with Sime Darby FC, an unexpected position for a team who were expected to challenge for the league title this year. Import striker Prince Tagoe has yet to make a significant impact at the club, with his latest 30 minute substitute appearance against Pahang failing to change this. All eyes will be on him if he does feature against Selangor, with time running out for him to justify his star billing in this league campaign.
As for Selangor, they too have form worries, with two defeats in the last three after a long unbeaten run, which is threatening to spoil their season. Without suspended star striker Paulo Rangel they looked toothless against ATM, with replacement Afiq Azmi failing to impress and hauled off midway through the second half. Head coach Mehmet Durakovic has indicated that he will look to make changes to his misfiring attack, with Hazwan Bakri and Thamil Arasu pushing for starts.
Durakovic has issued a rallying cry to his troops ahead of the game at Kota Bharu, declaring “we will not give up until the last game. We want victory in the remaining three matches." It is widely expected that Australian Steve Pantelidis and midfielder Shukor Jusoh will come back into the team as Selangor look to get back to winning ways and put pressure on JDT.