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Blockbuster FA Cup final in store

17th October, 2019

By UMESH RAJAN

KOTA KINABALU: The second edition KDM Malaysia FA Cup final match taking place this Sunday at Likas Stadium, here, is set to be a blockbuster as arch rivals, KDM Sepanggar and KDM Semporna go head-to-head for the top prize.

Both teams qualified for the final after showing their respective prowess with KDM Sepanggar comfortably downing KDM Tongod, 5-1 on aggregate during their semi-final tie.

Whereas pre-tournament favourites, KDM Semporna booked their ticket to the final on a 3-1 aggregate victory over KDM Sipitang during their last-four match-up.

The two sides recently met during the KDM Malaysia Football League semi-final tie, last month, where KDM Sepanggar came out on top with a hard fought 3-2 win on aggregate to advance to their second final appearance this season.

The team’s assistant manager Redzuan Garin when contacted said that the final match will be their biggest challenge this season and reminded the players not to take their opponents lightly.

“This is a final match and everything to play for, therefore the players should maintain their focus without looking down on KDM Semporna just because we beat them once.

“Over-confidence will bite us back later on, hence we are going to focus throughout the match until the final whistle because they (KDM Semporna) have quality players who will punish us if we slack,” he said.

He also hoped that the football supporters at Sepanggar will come down in masses to give their support as the 12th player during the final match which kicks off at 7pm.

Meanwhile, Redzuan said that Datuk Peter Anthony played a major role in the revitalisation of Sabah’s recent football development and provided a huge impact on the State’s grassroots level by introducing the KDM Malaysia tournament.

“The KDM Malaysia Football League and FA Cup were introduced to provide opportunities for back-up players to compete while at the same time, to unearth future talents for Sabah Tambadau.

“We believe with Datuk Peter at the helm of both KDM Malaysia and Sabah Football Association (Safa), Sabah football will regain its glory while we hope that the State Football Academy returns as we pursue further development in football here,” he said.

   
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