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ATM coach B. Sathianathan and Terengganu coach Abdul Rahman have lamented the tight schedule of the Malaysia Cup, which they believe will drain the players energy

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ATM head coach B.Sathianathan has already expressed his concern on how fatigue and injury-risks will haunt players when the Malaysia Cup campaign kicks off this August.

Sathianathan, who is known for his outspoken attitude, also suggested that the local tournament committee of the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) should take consideration of the need for players to rest and recharge after a game.

Sathia said “I also feel that this draw should’ve been done earlier, perhaps as soon as the league ended. This is because it was hard for me to prepare warm-up games because we don’t know who will face in the Malaysia Cup.”

Commenting on Group C, in which ATM have to face MSL champions JDT, last year’s finalists Kelantan and Premier league outfit Penang, Sathia said he would be delighted if his team can make it to the final eight.

“If we can make it to the quarter-final (it) is good enough for us, because our opponents in the group are really tough and strong,” he added.

Meanwhile, Abdul Rahman Ibrahim, the coach of Terengganu, also believes his team will have a tough task in advancing as they have to travel far away from their hometown to visit other teams.

Terengganu, who are in group B with Sarawak, Perak and Kedah, will have many long trips which may well have an effect on the players.

“The long journey that we have to face will take time, because the players must try to regain their energy back in a very limited time, they might be tired to play for the next game,” said Abdul Rahman.

The 48th edition of the Malaysia Cup will kick off on 13th of August, with the group stages lasting until the 3rd of September. It then will resume following a months break with the quarter-finals. The semi-finals will be played in October, while the final is set on the 8th of November, and will take place at National Stadium Bukit Jalil.