Sarawak coach Roberts Alberts believes that the Malaysia Cup presents his team with the best chance to make amends for their disappointing league campaign
Robert Alberts is hoping his Sarawak team can up their game in the Malaysia Cup after their relegation from the Malaysian Super League (MSL) two months ago.
Sarawak finished a lowly 11th in the league and had to participate in a four-team play-off to stand a chance of staying up in the top flight next season. Unfortunately, they lost 1-0 to Pahang in the play-offs.
Alberts now wants his players to use the Malaysia Cup as a redemption opportunity and make up for their failure in the league campaign.
He told The New Straits Times: "I need to get my boys excited and motivated for this campaign. I want them to take this chance to redeem themselves.
"How we do in this tournament will determine our fortunes in the future. The key is to survive the fall and get back up again next season."
The Dutchman is convinced that ‘The Crocs’, who are in Group D of the competition with Selangor, T-Team and Pahang, have the ability to surprise people and get a couple of positive results.
"Our record against Selangor and T-Team is not bad as we only lost to them by a single goal in the league, so it's just a matter of reversing the results in the Malaysia Cup."
Alberts who has won the trophy with Kedah before is also optimistic that the three loan signings he has made will make significant contribution to the team. Sarawak have secured the services of Bobby Gonzales, Ronny Harun and Sharudin Yakup from neighbours Sabah for the tournament.
"The trio have responded well in training and I believe, they will make a difference."
Sarawak are scheduled to take on record winners Selangor at home on Wednesday in their opening fixture of the Malaysia Cup.