Terengganu coach Peter Butler is confident of doing well in the Malaysia Cup although the state football team’s preparation had been slightly different from most teams in the competition.
For starters, the east coast side has not made a single loan signing. And, they have had zero friendly matches in the build-up to the prestigious competition.
Despite this, the proud Yorkshireman remained optimistic of his team’s chances of doing well when the competition kicks-off.
“We may lack playing in friendly matches but we balanced it out with more training. Fitness is not an issue, match practice is,” he told The Star.
Butler confirmed that it was his choice not to sign players on loan from other teams as he did not see the benefit it would bring to football in the state.
“What is important is that I want to give youngsters from Terengganu a chance to play as loaned players will be with us for about only three months. The youngsters are the future of the team,” he added.
Six youth players have been included for the Malaysia Cup campaign; Kahirul Rosmadi (right back), Humaidi Adzmi (left back), Takhiyuddin Roslan (midfielder), Wan Muhd Firdaus Wan Demi (striker), Fahmi Izuddin Zaki (midfielder) and Fakhrurazi Musa (striker). All six were part of Terengganu’s SUKMA team.
On a separate note, the former West Ham player revealed that skipper Marzuki Yusof is still recovering from injury and would not start the competition.