TMJ wants JDT's reserve players to be fielded in the Malaysia Cup

The Southern Tigers are not making the Malaysia Cup their priority, says club owner Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim.

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Johor Darul Ta'zim (JDT) owner Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim has said that the club are not the favourites in this year's Malaysia Cup, as they prefer to focus on tournaments that grant a slot to the AFC Cup.

In an interview published on the Johor Southern Tigers Facebook page, Tunku Ismail, also known as TMJ by fans, explained; "(The Malaysia Cup)... is not our priority because our main objectives have been about our league position and winning the FA Cup to qualify for the AFC Cup."

He also refused to set a target in the competition for his team, as they have already qualified for the 2017 AFC Cup, and said that he wants his team's reserve players to be given playing time in the cup. "But the Malaysia Cup challenge is good because we will get to see our coach giving more opportunities to the reserve players to play," he averred.

When asked about his thoughts on the tournament favourites, Tunku Ismail named three teams.

"For me, the strongest and most complete teams in the country at the moment are Kedah, Felda and Selangor. With good players, they are strong teams. Meanwhile, JDT only use players available to us. And for me, the three teams are the heavy favourites in the Super League and Malaysia Cup," stated the Johor crown prince.

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