Kelantan's captain, Badri Radzi, believes that the game against Tampines Rovers is as crucial as a cup final
According to the 31-year-old, the game against Tampines Rovers is not just a chance for them to warm up for their Malaysia Cup campaign, but it also for the sake of Malaysian pride after seeing a Singaporean team win the Malaysian Super League (MSL) this season.
Speaking to Sinar Harian, Badri said: "We just retained our FA Cup last June, so of course to represent Malaysia in this tournament is a huge privilege for us.
"I am looking at this game very seriously and seeing it like a final.
"We beat LionsXII in our final game of the Super League and we hope we can repeat that success against another club from Singapore."
Piya, the winner of Goal’s MSL Player Of The Season Award, believes that Tampines Rovers may ask LionsXII coach V. Sundramoorthy on the strengths and weaknesses of the Kelantan team, but that does not concern him too much.
However Badri is more concerned with the strategy that Bojan Hodak is going to use, since six of their players will only join the Kelantan team after finishing their duty with the Malaysia squad, who play against Barcelona on August 10.
Kelantan, the 2013 FA Cup champions, are joined by ATM to face to clubs from Singapore - Tampines Rovers and Warriors FC - in a first ever joint-championship of FAM and FAS on August 12and 13.