Baddrol dedicates semi-final win to the late Sultan of Kedah

Baddrol Bakhtiar, Malaysia Cup, 21102017
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Kedah midfielder Baddrol Bakhtiar took the time to remember one of the most prominent football fans in the state of Kedah, after their semi-final win.

BY        ZULHILMI ZAINAL       Follow on Twitter

Kedah midfielder Baddrol Bakhtiar has dedicated their semi-final Malaysia Cup win over Felda United to the late Sultan of Kedah, Tuanku Alhaj Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah ibni Almarhum Sultan Badlishah.

Sandro da Silva's 72nd and 86th minute goals in the second leg match that was held at the Darul Aman Stadium gave the Red Eagles a 2-0 win over the Fighters on Saturday, 3-1 on aggregate.

Tuanku Alhaj Abdul Halim was a fan of his state's football team, and often attended their home matches. He was the second longest reigning living monarch in the world, after Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, before passing away at the age of 89 on 11 September 2017.

"Praise Allah for our win tonight, although we played without three of our key players, we played as a team. We played and combined well especially the local players.

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"We did our best for the management and the fans, but most importantly we wanted to dedicate the win to the late Sultan," said the Malaysia international when interviewed after the match by the match broadcaster.

And Baddrol, who played as captain in place of the suspended Khairul Helmi Johari, was glad to have performed well despite playing with a slight facial injury.

The 29-year old played with a prominently bruised eye, which was reportedly picked up from a training injury just days before the second leg match.

"Perhaps there's a lesson from this shiner. But having won the tie I don't feel any pain at all.

"Now on to the final, we are going to be facing one of the most intimidating sides in the country," he remarked.

Kedah players celebrating in the dressing room after the win

Kedah will face four-time consecutive Super League champions Johor Darul Ta'zim on November 4, with the match expected to be held at the Shah Alam Stadium. Interestingly, the two sides will first face each other in the final matchday of the Super League on Saturday, October 28 in Alor Star.