It's the FA Cup final tomorrow and I suspect it is going to be an interesting contest.
Newly-crowned Super League champions Kedah boast of a group of hard-working youngsters who place the team's interests above all. In Khyril Muhymeen Zambri, the Canaries possess one of the nation's best dribblers while keeper Helmi Eliza Elias, on current form, is the top custodian. Azraai who represented the country in the 1976 Asian Cup and the 1978 Asian Games, prefers a 4-4-2 formation. Never mind the fact Cornelius Bernard Hugging and Marlon Alex James are away on national duty, the all-local line-up (except for Chilean Nelson San Martin) will be up to the task.
pic courtesy of http://www.fam.org.my/
Will this jubilant scene above be repeated by Azraai Khor Abdullah and his boys or is it pre-ordained that the Red Giants (below) would triumph for the fifth time since the Cup was introduced in 1990?
pic courtesy of http://www.selangorfc.com/
Dollah's men are desperate to redeem their pride after a disappointing league campaign and he has been bold in putting his trust in a young defence. If Evans Chisulo has not recovered from his injury, Razman Roslan (or Ghani Abdul Rahman), Nasriq Baharom and Asraruddin Putra Omar are set to be the youngest defensive quartet with an average age of 22. Amirulhadi Zainal who was only five when his father Zainal Nordin lifted the Cup with the Red Giants in 1991, may boss the engine room alongside Shukor Adan, with Indra Putra Mahayuddin or R. Surendren on the left channel and Elie Aiboy on the right flank while Safee Sali and Amri Yahyah forming the frontline.
It is a pity that former Kedah star Akmal Rizal Ahmad Rakhli who has never won a title except for the Premier Two championship medal, is not in Dollah's starting line-up.
Without James and Hugging, Selangor enjoy a headstart.