Memories from their Malaysia Cup final loss to Kelantan still lingers in the mind of Hairuddin Omar and the veteran forward is determined to seek revenge for it
"I want revenge for our defeat to Kelantan in the Malaysia Cup final as it still affects me until today," he proclaimed to Utusan Malaysia.
"We could have beaten them that day and we forced it until extra time. Sadly, luck wasn't on our side that day, but make no mistakes, we walked away with dignity."
Both sides have lost key players during the off-season, especially the Red Warriors. Norshahrul Idlan Talaha, who tormented ATM's defence in the Malaysia Cup final, departed to join Johor Darul Takzim while Lebanese forward Mohammed Ghaddar's contract wasn't renewed due to his unrealistic demands. Nonetheless, Hairuddin still insists that Bojan Hodak's men are a formidable side.
"Even though they have lost MatYo and Ghaddar, I still feel that Kelantan are a solid side with all their top quality players.
"Therefore, the Charity Shield match this Saturday will be the best platform for us to avenge that painful defeat last season.
ATM themselves lost several key players, with Aidil Zafuan, Zaquan Adha and Azmi Muslim all choosing to join the revolution in Johor Darul Takzim. Nonetheless, Hairuddin is still optimistic of at least lifting one trophy this year.
"The departure of those three players is certainly a big loss to us, but we have to move on. The arrival of players like R. Surendran and Shukor Adan has eased us through it and we are confident of at least winning on trophy this year."