Saturday, December 29, 2012

Sime Darby out to get Kelantan

Source: NST Online

IT is only a friendly match but Sime Darby have a score to settle with treble winners Kelantan when they meet at the City Stadium in Georgetown tomorrow.

One of the three trophies Kelantan won in 2012 came at the expense of Sime Darby when they edged the FA Cup final 1-0 in Bukit Jalil on May 19.

Sime Darby gave it as good as they got back then when only a penalty by Mohammad Ghaddar broke the Premier League team's resistance.

As Sime Darby headed for a two-match tour of Penang yesterday, coach Ismail Zakaria  said he will field his best side against Bojan Hodak's Kelantan.

"We have already played a few friendly matches and I have an idea of my first-choice side. There are a lot of new faces in the team, almost three quarters, so we need these matches to give everyone a chance to play," said Ismail after watching his side beat Premier League rivals Kuala Lumpur 3-2 at 
the UPM Stadium in Serdang on Thursday.

Croatian striker Karlo Primorac, K. Ravindran and Fahrul Razi Kamaruddin were on target for Sime Darby, who led 3-0 at the break, before Munir Amran scored direct from two free-kicks for KL.

Sime Darby will meet FAM League side Penang Water Supply Corporation today when the fringe players take to the fieldbefore the first-choice face Kelantan tomorrow.

Kelantan have been using Penang as their pre-season base due to the adverse weather conditions on the East Coast and on Wednesday were held by Premier League side Kedah 0-0 in Alor Star after beating FAM League team Penang 4-0 on Monday in friendly matches.

Ismail has all his players available except for defender Khairi Zainudin, who is recovering from an anterior cruciate ligament rupture.

"He suffered the injury playing for Perak last season and I think he is about one to two months away from playing. He'll need to regain his fitness and then be slowly eased into the team," said Ismail of the experienced Khairi, 34, who counts KL, Malacca Telekom, Perlis and PKNS as his former teams.

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