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  • June 25, 2014
  • • 20:45
  • • Stadium Sultan Ismail Nasiruddin Shah, Kuala Terengganu
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Safuwan urges LionsXII to beat T-Team in final game

Safuwan urges LionsXII to beat T-Team in final game

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The Singapore defender is keen for his team to put an end to their poor run of form in the second half of the season by rounding things off with victory ahead of the Malaysia Cup

It has not been a smooth ride for the LionsXII in the second half of the Malaysia Super League season, to say the least.

The defending champions crashed to a 2-0 home loss on Saturday against Perak FA, making it two defeats on the trot and seven from their last 10. With only two victories during that period, it has resulted in the LionsXII languishing in eighth place currently.

As they prepare for their league encounter away to T-Team FC, Fandi Ahmad's charges know they need at victory to ensure they will not drop to the play-offs for the Malaysia Cup. With their opponents needing three points to guarantee their top-flight status as well, it will be a tricky game for the LionsXII.

Defender Safuwan Baharudin acknowledged that the pressure has been increasing with every poor result, but is adamant they simply have to soldier on and give their all.

"Things have not been going our way," he said on Saturday night after their loss. "Perak took their chances and we paid for it. Perak had more hunger than us.

"People are talking bad about us and the pressure is piling more with every single game. Now things are going worse, but the only thing we should do is carry on our job."

The Titans have two won of their last five and lost only once, with a surprise 1-0 win over Kelantan FA included. The trio of Jimmy Mulisa, Patrich Wanggai and Nizad Ayub have been in good scoring form of late and will be key to their hopes of victory.

The hosts will also be boosted by the fact that they have beaten the LionsXII both times on home soil when they met, while they also held them to a 1-1 draw at Jalan Besar earlier this season.

Faritz Hameed will continue to miss out for Fandi's men due to injury, which means Madhu Mohana will retain his place at right-back. Khairul Nizam and Hafiz Sujad are long-term casualties, although Firdaus Kasman is available after suspension. Isa Halim will miss out for the same reason, while Zulfahmi Arifin is 50-50.

Safuwan believes his team has to show more desire against T-Team and urged them to bring home maximum points.

"For the last game, we should get a win. We cannot go into the Malaysia Cup with four or five games without a win," he asserted.

"We've got pride to represent the LionsXII and Singapore and we want to do our best."

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