PETALING JAYA, (Stadiumastro) – Former Premier League champions KM Naza kept their quarter-final hopes alive in the Malaysia Cup football competition when they defeated Sabah 3-1 in a Group D match played at the Tawau Stadium last night.
The club side collected nine points and are still with a mathematical chance to qualify to the knock-out stage as one of the three best placed runner-up team in the five-group competition.
Rosdin Wasli put the East Malaysians ahead in the eight minute before the visitorns bounced back with goals from Akmal Rizal Rakhli in the 39th and Zulhisyam Jamaluddin adding a brace in the 66th and 90th minutes.
K. Muda Naza will wrap up their fixtures against Selangor at the Darulaman Stadium in Alor Setar on Tuesday. The Red Giants with 13 points have qualified to the last eight of the competition when they drew with Police 2-2 at the Selayang Municipal Council Stadium.
KM Naza wll be counting on their wealth of experienced hands to get them full points in their final game against Selangor. In the first-leg match, KM Naza went down 2-3 to Selangor at the Shah Alam Stadium on Oct 2.
Then, KM Naza raced to a 2-0 lead before Rudie Ramli scored the last-gasp winner for the Red Giants in stoppage time to break the hearts of the K. Muda Naza players, who had come close to snatching a win and ending Selangor’s 21-match unbeaten run since March 31.
Kuala Muda Naza have former national striker Akmal Rizal Rakhli and Premier League’s Golden Boot winner Liew Kit Kong in attack. They also have the services of current national striker Faderin Kadir and several ex-internationals, including former national skipper B. Rajanikandh, Annur Jusoh, Azizi Mat Rose, Mazoor Azwira, Azizon Kadir and K. Rajan.
Kuala Muda Naza were beaten 0-1 by Police in their opening game and they bounced back to edge Sabah 2-1 in the following match. They notched their second win defeating Poloce 3-0 in the re-match on Oct 6th.