By K. RAJAN
PETALING JAYA: Selangor winger Fitri Shazwan Raduwan’s hopes of making amends for his mistake that led to Kelantan winning the Malaysia Cup semi-final first leg 1-0 have been dashed by a knee injury suffered in training on Monday.
The diminutive flanker’s sloppy back pass was intercepted by Kelantan’s Mohd Nor Farhan Mohd who went on to score the winner in Kota Baru.
The Red Giants must win the return leg by two clear goals at the Shah Alam Stadium tomorrow to make the final.
A heartbroken Fitri said he might have played his last game of the season.
“I wanted so badly to make up for that bungle but I don’t think I will be able to recover from my injury before Friday,” said Fitri, who was on crutches yesterday.
“I was doing some running in training when I felt a pop in my left knee. This was followed by swelling and intense pain. I will have to wait for the inflammation to subside before I can go for a scan.”
The 25-year-old Fitri rose through the ranks winning the Youth Cup with Selangor in 2006 and the President’s Cup in 2008. He broke into the senior side in 2009 mostly as a reserve.
Fitri persevered and his hard work did not go unnoticed by new coach Irfan Bakti who picked him over international Mohd Amirul Hadi Zainal.
“I firmly believe Selangor can beat Kelantan and advance to the final,” said Fitri. “We were unlucky to lose the first leg. I’ve every confidence that we will get through.”
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