Kelantan FA will be heading into the Charity Shield match this Sunday in a confident mood but perhaps there are one or two doubts about their defensive sector. The Red Warriors were recently outclassed by Sime Darby FC in a friendly match, in which they conceded four goals.
Concerns over their defensive stability has surfaced in recent days, especially with key player S. Subramaniam set to miss the whole Super League season while he recovers from a knee injury. Nonetheless, Daudsu Jamaluddin admitted that Subra's absence in certainly a big blow, but was quick to insist that the Red Warriors should be able to cope without him.
"There is no denying the fact that Subra has been an integral part of our team, especially after helping us win the treble last season," he told Berita Harian.
"But his absence will not affect the resilience of our defence. I'm pretty sure that the coach already has a strategy in place to solve this issue and make sure that our defence isn't affected.
"Nonetheless, I will pray for the speedy recovery of Subra and of course Abdul Aziz, who is also out with an injury.
The Red Warriors will face off against ATM in what will be a crunching Charity Shield clash at the Shah Alam stadium and Daudsu believes that the Gladiators will be determined to win that game, having lost to Kelantan in the Malaysia Cup final last season.
"Definitely ATM will thinking about revenge when the take us on. However, we are prepared to withstand all their attacks and win the game on Saturday."