At the start of the season, Thierry Chanta Bin had a few more colleagues from Cambodia spread across the teams in the Super League but one by one were released from their respective clubs, leaving him as the only remaining one.
Now with just two more matches before the close of the Malaysian football season in 2018, it is obvious why Thierry has managed to stay as long as he can. The 27-year-old is a permanent fixture in Irfan Bakti's Terengganu FC team and forms the spine of the team, sitting at the base of midfield.
Before the international break, Thierry produced an outstanding performance to help Terengganu to a 1-0 first leg win over Johor Darul Ta'zim in the semi-final of the Malaysia Cup but the French-born player knows very well that the job is only half done.
"I think our chances is very high (to reach final). At home we worked really hard to get the lead to take into the second leg and we'll fight until the end to get to the final. Of course we know that the lead isn't enough. We don't want to just sit deep and defend. We want to play, enjoy our football and try to score. Because if we score, it will be very difficult for Johor."
"They are one of the best teams in the country. They have good mixture of import and local players. It's always tough to play against them but we've trained well and are ready for the big challenge," Thierry told Goal.
To put things into context, Terengganu have lost in each of their last four visits to Tan Sri Dato Hj Hassan Yunos Stadium and they will have to smash that records to bits, if they are to reach their first Malaysia Cup final since 2011.
Which means that they have their work cut out for them in the second leg in front of a packed stadium in Larkin. Thierrry alongside Lee Tuck and Ashaari Samsudin will have to produce at least 90 minutes of high energy to not only deny JDT but also to try and go in search of a crucial away goal.
The winner of the individual battle between Thierry and JDT's Fernando Elizari could well decide how the second leg go. It all looks set for a tense and exciting return leg for a chance to face either Perak or Sabah in the final next week.
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