Beoungket Angkor encounter a juggling act - JDT's Ismail Ibrahim

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On top of their must-win AFC Cup match against the Cambodians on Wednesday, JDT will face rivals Pahang in their FA Cup encounter this Sunday.


BY        ZULHILMI ZAINAL       Follow on Twitter


Ahead of Johor Darul Ta'zim (JDT's) must-win away AFC Cup group match against Cambodia's Beoungket Angkor, the Southern Tigers assistant head coach Ismail Ibrahim has revealed that the encounter will be a juggling act for his side.

JDT, currently second-placed in Group F, need to win against Beoungket in order to have a chance to retake the top spot from Philippines' Global FC, but they also have another do-or-die mission in their next match.

This Sunday, the Southern Tigers will host rivals the Tok Gajah for their second leg FA Cup quarter-final match, seeking to overturn a 3-1 scoreline from the first leg.

Although they will take to the pitch on Wednesday evening wanting to win, Ismail admitted that the squad selection will require a carefully-planned balancing act, with Sunday's match against Pahang in mind.

"Tomorrow's (Wednesday) match is a vital game for us. We need three points so the mission tomorrow is we must win. Hopefully tomorrow night the boys will play 100% to get three points.

"The problem is we have a tough match after tomorrow's match, in Johor Bahru, the FA Cup quarter-final match against Pahang, our rivals.

"We have to focus on dividing (the squad) into two teams from tomorrow so we can beat Pahang in the FA Cup with a strong team.

"We must balance (it). Tomorrow also a strong team, and on Sunday also we have to prepare a strong team," revealed Ismail in the pre-match press conference on Tuesday.

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