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Another do or die mission for Juniors

15th July, 2019


KOTA KINABALU: It will be another do or die mission for Tambadau Junior when they take on UiTM FC in a President’s Cup Group A tie at the Likas Stadium today.

Head coach Justin Ganai admitted that they are left with no other choice but to win the battle if they are to keep their slim hopes of making it into the quarter-finals alive.

“I guess we have no other choice other than to win the game. If the players are capable of finding the net, I’m confident we will have a bright chance to win the match,” said Justin when contacted yesterday.

Justin’s boys will head into the 4.15pm clash at the back of their two consecutive wins over Selangor United (3-0) and Pahang (2-0).

And Justin believes his boys are ready to get their winning run going.

“This is a decisive game for us and they know it. For me, I have high hopes that they will deliver a positive result,” said Justin.

Tambadau Junior are currently fifth in the 10-team Group A and have collected 24 points from seven wins, three draws and sixth defeats.

They must beat UiTM FC to stand any chance of finishing the group inside the top four, which will earn them a place in the quarter-finals.

Unfortunately, for Justin’s boys, winning both their remaining matches, including against UiTM FC will not guarantee them a spot in the quarters.

They need results elsewhere, particularly involving UiTM FC and Kedah, who have played a game lesser, that will favour them.

UiTM FC currently occupy the last slot for the quarter-finals. They are on 27 points while Kedah sit a rung below Tambadau Junior on 22 points.

After the UiTM FC’s date, Tambadau Junior would conclude their group campaign by taking on the out of contention Penang on July 29.

As for UiTM FC, after facing Tambadau Junior, they would take on Selangor away on July 22 before taking on league leaders Johor Darul Ta’zim III at home on July 29.

On the other hand, Kedah’s remaining games are against Penang (away/July 15), Selangor United (home/July 22) and Armed Forces FC (home/July 29).End

Today, Justin said that he will be sticking to his first team that defeated Pahang away.

That would mean, Joslan Aping will remain as the team’s No 1 ball stopper while his four-man defence will comprise Gerard Gadit, Mohd Izzat Aziz, Abdul Hanafie Tokyo Abdul Hasim and Mohd Azmizan Ruslih.

In the midfield, he will have Suhaizan Nazmie Etin @ Abdullah, Mohd Aidil Safee, Mohd Syukri Baharun and Zulkifly Harun.

Hamran Peter will spearhead the attacking department alongside Ariusdius Jais.

On the bench, Justin will have Nevile Remen, Mohd Hasrul Nizam Roslan, Muhammad Zaki Sapri, Mohd Shariman Mukarim, Muhammad Syahmil Nizam, Eddey Ladius and Faizulnizam Aziz. Meanwhile, the Sabah Under-19 was left disappointed yet again as they drew 1 – 1 away to Kedah during their Youth Cup Group B tie at UUM Mini Stadium, Sintok, yesterday, to remain rooted at the bottom of the group with 10 points from 18 matches played.

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