ATM - Kelantan Preview: Seeking a good start to the season
Both teams will be eager to begin their campaign on a bright note by taking home the first trophy on offer this season
By Prem Kumar
Daudsu - Obinna - Nanthakumar - Nik Shahrul
Zairo - Badri - Shakir
Mandjou - Farhan
Reuben - Shukor - Amirizwan - Irwan
Christie - Martelotto - Rezal - Fitri
Surendran - Hairuddin
Last season’s treble winners Kelantan would be looking to pick up from where they left off when they take on the team they defeated in the Malaysia Cup final last year, ATM, in the curtain raiser Charity Shield match tonight.
The Red Warriors will be without their first and second choice goalkeepers; Khairul Fahmi Che Mat and Shahrizan Ismail for the game. Khairul Fahmi is still busy with his wedding programme while Shahrizan is unwell. For ATM, chief forward Marlon Alex James remains doubtful with a knee injury.
Kelantan, who lost Norshahrul Idlan Talaha and Muhammad Ghaddar in the close season, are likely to give Guinean Keita Mandjou the task of scoring goals today. On the other hand, James’ injury could see new signing R. Surendren make his debut upfront for the Gladiators.
With so much top class talent in the middle of the park for both sides, the battle there is set to enthrall the fans and eventually decide the winners tonight.
The match will be played at the Shah Alam Stadium and is slated to kick-off at 8.45pm.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Kelantan won the Malaysia Cup last year at tonight's match venue, against the same opponents.
- Today's appearance will be their third consecutive in the Charity Shield.
They however lost 2-1 to Negeri Sembilan last year.
- ATM will play in the curtain-raiser match for the first time in their history.
- The Gladiators never managed to beat tonight's opponents in three meetings last season; they lost twice and drew once.
- If the match ends tied after 90 minutes, the winners will be decided via penalty shoot-out.
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