Terengganu and T-Team will be on a mission to improve their performances in the Malaysia Cup after irking their main sponsor, the state government, with mediocre form thus far.
Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Said was so unhappy with the teams’ showings in the FA Cup and the Malaysian Super League (MSL) that he even called upon the managers of both teams to explain their poor results, midway through the season.
The state FA’s deputy president Shaikh Ahmad Tajuddin Shaikh Yusoff said that he knows the fans are left disappointed with the team, but requested them to be realistic with their expectations.
"The fans were expecting trophies from us this season and we know they were very disappointed with us when we failed to get the better of Premier League outfit Sime Darby in the FA Cup semi-finals,” he told The New Straits Times.
“Most of our supporters were not happy when we only managed to finish the league in fifth place but they should know that in football, it is impossible to always get what we want."
Shaikh Ahmad, who is also the team manager is however convinced that ‘The Turtles’ can be better in the Malaysia Cup, even though they have not brought in any player on loan, as they have promising young talents coming through.
T-Team on the other hand, have beefed up their squad with three loan signings, drafting in Fauzi Majid from Police and the Sabah duo, Shahrul Azhar Ture and Sumardi Hajalan.
The team’s head coach, Yunus Alif is positive that his side can surprise people and go far in this year’s competition, after falling at the semi-final stage last season.
“We have to bring in additional players as our target this year is to qualify for the Malaysia Cup final since we managed to reach the semi-finals last year and we will to go one step further this time round,” said Yunus.
“Some people may think that is 'mission impossible' especially in the company of favourites such as Kelantan, Lions XII, Selangor, Perak and Terengganu but this is a cup competition and our chance is as good as any other competing team," he concluded.