Two weeks duration of MIFA's agonising wait for must-win clash against JDT

Football Malaysia LLP
Plucky MIFA retained their Malaysia Cup Group C top spot, after holding Kelantan to a 0-0 draw in Kota Bharu on Friday.

BY        ZULHILMI ZAINAL       Follow on Twitter

Plucky Premier League side MISC-MIFA continued their sterling run in Group C of the Malaysia Cup, holding Kelantan to a goalless draw in Kota Bharu on Friday.

They are currently still top of the group with eight points, but the result of the other match in the group has rightfully given him cause for concern. On the same evening, Kedah thumped defending champions JDT 3-1 in Alor Setar, taking them to second place in the group, but level on points with MIFA. JDT are third with six points, while Kelantan are last on four.

In their respective final group match, Kedah will travel to face Kelantan while MIFA will host JDT, both in a little over two weeks' time. A draw may be enough for MIFA to book a spot in the quarter-finals, but a win will certainly guarantee it.

But playing against the Super League champions who need nothing less than a win to go through, MIFA head coach Devan Kuppusamy has his work cut out for him, something he admitted himself in the interview with the match broadcaster after the Kelantan match.

"This is definitely not an ideal situation for us as JDT will definitely go all out when we face them (in the next match), as they will go through if they beat us.

"It will be a tough match for MIFA, but I will prepare my men extensively to face JDT. Against them we will play our usual game, and I am confident that we can perform better than we did tonight," he told match co-commentator Syed Adney Syed Hussein, after the former Malaysia international pointed out the result of the Kedah-JDT encounter.

Commenting on the match against Kelantan himself, the former Super League and FA Cup-winning coach said he was happy with the draw against Kelantan, as the hosts had played better than his charges did.

"I am happy with the draw but I have to admit that Kelantan were the better side. 

"We defended admirably and collected a valuable point which allowed us to retain our top spot in the group. Against JDT we have to improve," remarked the former Selangor and Negeri Sembilan boss.


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