Sunday, April 4, 2010

Perak want to end 18-year wait

KUALA Lumpur will be gunning for their 19th title, while Perak aim to end their 18-year drought in the Division One final of the Razak Cup in Kuantan today.
Perak, who last won the title in 1992 in Terengganu, are the better side on paper, even though KL have six national players on their side.
“I had more time to train the team this year, and the difference is there. We have a well balanced side, and I feel we will finally end our wait in Kuantan tomorrow (today),” said Perak coach Manjit Singh.
Perak’s top-scorer is 21-year-old Junior World Cup player, Noor Khairul Azrain, who has six to his credit after six matches.
As for Kuala Lumpur, they will again rely on national penalty corner flicker Amin Rahim, who has also scored six goals and together with Khairul is in the running for the top scorers award.
KL coach Nor Saiful Zaini feels his players have not been up to the mark, and hopefully they wake up in the final.
“We are in the final, but I am still not happy with the way we played in the last six matches as my players performed in patches.
“Hopefully they get their act together in the final, as Perak have an unbeaten record in this tournament,” said Nor Saiful.
RESULTS: Division Two semi-finals: Singapore 3 Tereng ganu 3 (Singapore win on golden goal), Pahang 4 Police 2.
TODAY: Division One Final: Perak v Kuala Lumpur (8pm), Third-Fourth; Malacca v Johor (5.30pm).
Division Two Final: Singapore v Pahang (3.30pm), Third-Fourth: Terengganu v Police (8am)
Matches at the Kuantan Stadium.