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Satiananthan gives his thoughts on Malaysia U23, U19's chances and Malaysia Cup final

5:26 AM WAT 27/10/2017
B. Satiananthan, Felda United, 2017
Outspoken Felda United head coach B. Satiananthan opines on the three upcoming major competitions involving Malaysian teams.

BY        ZULHILMI ZAINAL       Follow on Twitter

At the end of the Football Coaches Association Of Malaysia press conference on Thursday, the media took the chance to ask outspoken head coach and association president Satiananthan Bhaskaran his thoughts on several competitions that will involve Malaysian teams in the coming months.

The Felda United boss gamely obliged.

On Malaysia Cup final between JDT and Kedah (November 4):

"If you look at the players they have, I think JDT should be the champions because they have everything. They have the best players, the best facilities and the best boss. They should win."

On Malaysia U23's chances in the 2018 AFC U-23 Championship in January:

"That will be difficult because they have been drawn against Middle-Eastern sides in their group. The teams are not just tactically-sound, they're also physically strong. But then again it will be hard in all groups, so I hope our team can give them a fight, or make one or two upsets, and try to finish in the top two [in the group]. But don't hope for too much."

On Malaysia U19's chances in the 2018 AFC U-19 Championship qualification from Oct 31 to Nov 6:

"I've watched them play on television, and they've been doing quite well and got the results recently, so they should do well. But they have one or two strong opponents, so they should aim for a runners up finish in the group."