Sunday, October 14, 2012


Money Talks In Malaysia

The romantics may have fancied a LionsX11 v Selangor final. Back when Singapore competed annually in the Malaysia Cup a meeting between these two old foes was always one of the more anticipated fixtures. They clashed in the first final back in 1921 and have won the title 56 times between them, being runners up a further 34 times.

But money talks in Malaysian football and this year's final sees Kelantan, the new power from the north east of the country facing ATM, the wedged Premier League champions.

ATM drew 1-1 with LionsX11 in their semi final second leg before overcoming their Singaporean opponents on penalties while Kelantan went to Shah Alam Stadium and won 2-0, going through 3-0 on aggregate

For Kelantan it is their third final in four years. Their first, and only, success was back in 2010 when they defeated Negeri Sembilan 2-1. For ATM this will be only their third appearance in the Final. They lost in 1949 and 1966 to Selangor.

Advantage ATM. Kelantan will be w/o Ghaddad suspended...
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