By K. RAJAN
PETALING JAYA: Moneybags Johor Darul Takzim (JDT) are finding it tough to live up to their top billing.
JDT, dubbed the dream team, are the hot favourites to claim top honours in the Super League this season.
But the multi-million ringgit assembled side have been far from impressive and have earned the wrath of coach Fandi Ahmad after yet another insipid display when they were held to a scoreless draw by Felda United at the MBPJ Stadium in Kelana Jaya yesterday.
JDT have now drawn four times in eight matches.
The result did not go down well with Singapore football legend Fandi, who slammed the team for not getting their act right.
“It was a hot afternoon but that is not a good excuse. The players must get their job done no matter what the circumstances,” said a furious Fandi after the match.
“We blew it … it was the perfect chance for us to top the table but we failed.
“We have the best strikers in the country but they were a letdown. I can’t teach the strikers to score, they need to do it themselves. It is embarrassing for me. I was a striker but my own strikers couldn’t score.”
Their frontline despite parading Mohd Safee Sali and three-time Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the M-League Norshahrul Idlan Talaha wilted under the hot sun.
After eight matches, JDT have 12 points from three wins, four draws and a defeat. The other drawn matches were against Kelantan (1-1), Armed Forces (2-2) and Lions XII (2-2).
Felda United coach K. Devan said his team should have won based on the chances that they had created.
“My players played well according to our game plan. We were unlucky not to win the match,” said Devan.
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