By ERIC SAMUEL
PETALING JAYA: Striker Keita Mandjou saved treble winners Kelantan the blushes by scoring a late equaliser in their 1-1 draw with Perak in a Super League match at the Sultan Mohd IV Stadium in Kota Baru last night.
Perak stunned the home fans with an early goal through Abdul Hadi Yahaya in the second minute and were just two minutes away from breaking the Red Warriors’ impressive 32-match unbeaten run at home since last season.
Mandjou kept Kelantan’s home record intact with his 88th minute strike.
The Kelantan strikeforce seem to have lost their sting upfront since hotshots Norshahul Idlan Talaha and Mohd Ghaddar Mahmoud left to join Johor Darul Takzim and Felda United respectively. Since then, Kelantan are the team that use to be and that won the treble last year.
Mohd Norfarhan Mohd and new signing Mandjou of Guinea now lead the Warriors’ attack.
In another match, Armed Forces and Pahang played out goalless draw at the Tuanku Abdul Rahman Stadium in Paroi.
Both teams’ strikers were guilty of misfiring in front of goal, especially Pahang’s Azamuddin Akil and Forces’ Marlon Alex James.
Marlon could have put Forces ahead in the 40th minute but blew a golden chance after skipper Hairuddin Omar put the Saint Vincent and Grenadines striker through into the box. But Marlon ballooned the ball in haste.
Pahang’s best chance fell to Azamuddin but the national striker ballooned the ball from point blank range in the 50th minute.
Forces still top the standings with 15 points,
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