BY ZULHILMI ZAINAL Follow on Twitter
Felda United's veteran skipper Shukor Adan has one message to his teammates ahead of their second leg Malaysia Cup semi-final match against Kedah on Saturday; to end the campaign as the champions.
The 38-year old defender has had a storied career with numerous clubs that does not seem to be ending anytime soon; and along the way he has picked up almost all domestic titles and made multiple appearances in final matches. He last won major silverware with Negeri Sembilan in the 2011 Malaysia Cup.
With just one match separating the Fighters from their first ever Malaysia Cup final appearance, the former Malaysia international wants his teammates to overcome Kedah in order to give each of them a new milestone in their careers.
According to him, the second leg semi-final match is still an open tie although it will be held at Kedah's home, after the first leg ended in a 1-1 draw.
"We will play with no pressure even though the home leg ended in a draw, as it is still either side's game to win. It is Kedah who will be under pressure, so we have to do our best and follow the coach's instructions.
"They too will not have it easy. Of course they said we only managed to defeat them 3-1 in Alor Star in the Super League earlier (September) because Kedah were playing without their Malaysia national team players, but you need more than the key players to make a team. Even without Malaysia internationals in our squad, we will give our 100 per cent," noted Shukor when met by the press before training on Thursday.
But if there's one thing that he wants his teammates to emulate from their opponents on Saturday, it is their title wins and final match appearances.
"Kedah are experienced, they were the 2015 finalists and won the 2016 Malaysia Cup. They too have been in other final matches.
"Compared to them, most of our boys have never tasted a final match before, while almost three quarter of the squad has never been in a Malaysia Cup final. This is their chance to make personal history as it is not easy for footballers to reach the final, so they have to do their best.
"It's such a shame for a player to finish his career without appearing in a final match or winning silverware. Now that we're just one step away, if they do their best, God willing we can make it to the final," explained the 2014 AFF Championship runners up.