By FARIK ZOLKEPLI
KUALA TERENGGANU: Terengganu are on the verge of a revival after qualifying for the second round of the AFC Cup and setting up a mouth-watering encounter with east coast rivals Kelantan.
The Turtles seem to be on a downward spiral following a disappointing FA Cup semi-final exit at the hands of Sime Darby FC but a superb performance against AFC Cup Group F leader Kitchee FC in Hong Kong signalled the beginning of a revival.
However, Terengganu FA president Datuk Che Mat Jusoh wants the players to keep the momentum going with a win over Felda United in the Super League tonight.
“We played well against Kitchee but now the focus is back on the Super League.
“The players have responded tremendously well after criticism from our own fans but now it’s time to fight on,” he said.
The Turtles drew 2-2 with Kitchee on Wednesday, cementing a second place finish in the group which set them up for a second-round clash with Kelantan.
“We were aiming for first place but the lads showed great spirit in clinching the draw against in-form Kitchee. I want to see the same spirit again as we aim to get our Super League campaign back on track,” he said.
He also told the players not to be distracted by the sudden resignation of coach Mat Zan Mat Aris.
“The coach sacrificed his position for the sake of the players. His sacrifice must not be in vain … the players must give their best,” he said.
Che Mat said the team have a lot of ground to make up over the top two – Lions XII and Kelantan – and getting a win is a must.
“We have to be positive. We are currently third and it is not impossible to reach the summit if we remain consistent,” said Che Mat.
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