Tuesday, July 12, 2016


Quest For Malaysia Cup Glory Begins

The 2016 Malaysia Cup kicks off tonight with 16 teams looking to lift South East Asian football's oldest trophy. Cynics could ask why not just hand it over to Johor Darul Ta'zim...they win everything else but they have yet to win this particular pot and you can be sure their owner, the crown prince of the state, is keen to address that anomaly.

With the Super League, FA Cup, Charity Shield and the AFC Cup already in the bag, JDT begin their assault on the Malaysia Cup tonight with a repeat of the FA Cup Final as they host PKNS at the Larkin Stadium. The other group game sees PDRM travel north to Ipoh to take on Perak.

In Group A there is a Persib alumni meet of sorts as T Team host JDT II. Rahmad Darmawan's team boast Makan Konate while Bahakki Khaizan and Sharil Ishak will be lining up for the opponents while Kedah meet Sarawak in the other tie.

Group B sees the Klang Derby as Selangor host KL at the Shah Alam Stadium. KL have been busy during the transfer window bringing in Diego Inostroza and Jonathon Cantillana while letting strikers Mario Karlovic and Casagrande leave.

Kelantan have also been busy in the transfer window releasing Jonatan Lucca and Dramane Traore. In their stead have come Wander Luiz and Morgaro Gomis from Hearts. The club still has financial problems and recently the players were slated for their attitude by their coach after a friendly. They seek solace in the Malaysia Cup against a Pahang side that has seen a number of high profile departures in recent months with pakistan international Zesh Rehman the most recent to leave.

In Group D Super League surprise packet Felda United take on Negeri Sembilan in Jengka while Melaka United, featuring another ex Persib player Ilija Spasojevic, meet Terengganu.

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