KUALA LUMPUR: Kedah’s midfield lynchpin Baddrol Bakhtiar has reminded his teammates to remain focused ahead of their Malaysia Cup first leg quarter-final tie against Selangor tomorrow even though they are still sad and reeling from the passing of their beloved Sultan, the late Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah on Monday.
The Harimau Malaya player explained that the late Sultan’s passing shocked the entire Kedah squad who are now more determined than ever to win their quarter-final tie by a comfortable margin at the Selayang Municiple Council Stadium to be dedicated to the late Sultan.
For Badrul, the Sultan’s passing, who was also the side’s number one fan, is a huge loss for football in the state.
“The passing of Almarhum Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah as we were preparing to defend the Malaysia Cup that we won last season is very saddening for us.
“Almarhum Tuanku would always try to make it for our matches and always gave us tremendous support and encouragement.
“In fact, Almarhum Tuanku also constantly gave us pep talks to motivate us regardless of whether we won or lost. For our quarter-final tie that’s coming up, we will be going all out for nothing less than a win for Almarhum Tuanku,” he said when contacted by Arena Metro yesterday.
Kedah are looking to complete a “Domestic Triple” after winning the FA Cup in May by defeating Pahang 3-2, apart from the Charity Shield which they won at the start of the season. Kedah are also aiming to lift the Malaysia Cup for the fifth time.
Nidzam Adzha Yusoff’s charges marched to the last eight after topping Group C with 15 points to set up the quarter-final tie against Selangor who finished second in Group D.
Baddrol, who has tasted success many times in the past, admits that Almarhum Tuanku’s words of advice to always maintain discipline and perform to the best of abilities are constantly on his mind.
“Almarhum Tuanku often helped in more ways than one, especially in giving advice and motivating the team to scale greater heights,” said Baddrol.
Translated from Harian Metro