ATM - Kelantan Preview: Red Warriors looking to upset crippled Gladiators

ATM’s seven absenties give Bojan’s boys an advantage to steal three points from Paroi during the match at Stadium Tunku Abdul Rahman this Friday.


Reuben - Taj - Irwan - Fazli
Christie - Martelotto - Rezal - Elphi
Hai.O - Marlon


Daudsu - Nik Shahrul - Obinna - Zairul
Farhan - Badhri - Shakir - Faiz
Indra - Keita

ATM will have to face Kelantan without seven of their players due to several reasons; suspension and injury. It will be a tough match between these two teams as every time they met, it was a game of possesion.

The homeside would not be able to field their best squad to contain Kelantan in their efforts to maintain the the top spot. B. Sathianathan will have problems selecting his team after the Football Association of Malaysia announced that four of their key players will be suspended between two to four games. The players include Shukor Adan, G. Jeevananthan, Fitri Omar and R. Surendran.

Looking at the current squad, the ATM coach would aim to play fast tempo football and put the faith towards his sensational midfielder, Bruno Martelotto. A quick through ball from him might give Kelantan hard times. In the final third, Marlon Alex James will be the one man to watch.

On the other side of the field, Kelantan seem to have found their rhythm after trashing PKNS 4-2 in Kota Bharu during their last outing earlier this week. Badhri Radzi returns to the squad to tie them up for this year's title race. Together with him, his midfield partner, Shakir help to fully utilise the midfield area.

Although there were rumours demanding Keita to be dropped off during the April transfer window, he still have his chance to show the fans what he got. Partnering with Indra in the attacking final third, it will be a fascinating duo to watch hassling the ATM defence.

The pressure will be on the Kelantan’s boss, Bojan Hodak as they really need to win this. Another defeat might rule them out as title contenders. His statemenst towards the press, “we need to start winning,” sums it up for the Croatian.


  • Marlon James of ATM FA
    Kelantan were the champions last season but now lie mid-table at 11th place.
  • The Red Warroirs' Badhri Radzi was recently called up for his first appearance in the Malaysian national squad.
  • ATM FA crashed out in the first round of the FA Cup after an epic battle with Selangor FA which needed penalties to separate the two sides.

  • Marlon Alex James and Bruno Martelotto are two of the import players for the Gladiators that have been influential in their recent league run. Together, they have scored nine goals for ATM.