KUALA TERENGGANU: “I don’t see Selangor as a team that can be defeated easily, but instead I see them like a wounded tiger after they were overpowered by Perak last Sunday,” said Terengganu centre-forward Latiff Suhaimi.
Kota Bharu born Latiff said this as the Turtles prepare for their FA Cup third round match at the Sultan Ismail Nasiruddin Shah Stadium against the Red Giants here in Friday.
According to the 28-year-old who has now switched to playing as a centre-back, Selangor cannot be taken lightly and they should approach the match with caution even though their opponents are still reeling from the defeat to Perak.
Even though P. Maniam’s squad have been inconsistent of late, with their fans calling for coach Maniam to step down, for us Selangor will not be easy opponents as they have won the Malaysia Cup a record 33-times and it would be foolish to underestimate them.
“Their squad also has quite a few experienced players such as captain Razman Roslan, Amri Yahyah, Joseph Kalang Tie, Azamuddin Akil and their top goalscorer Rufino Segovia along with their Indonesian connection of Evan Dimas and Ilham Armaiyn.
“With such a strong squad and apart from being in the knockout phase, we can say that it won’t be easy to overcome our opponents even though for the record we did soundly beat them 4-1 three months ago,” added Latiff.
In Super League action against Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) last Saturday, Latiff earned praise from coach Irfan Bakti Abu Salim after playing brilliantly despite being fielded in a new position at the heart of the team’s defense.
Speaking further, the former international and captain of the squad last season said that he and his team are ready to add to Selangor’s misery in their mission to advance to the quarter-finals of the Cup competition.