# Head coach Irfan Bakti takes over training from after recovering from dengue
# ‘We have a good away record’ – Irfan
# ‘Spitting Nazmi’ is back for Selangor after three-match suspension
A rather lucky 1-0 win over T-Team in their last match and Selangor are once again showing their cockiness – confident of a win over unbeaten Felda United in a Group C match at the Shah Alam Stadium this Saturday.
Selangor coach Mehmet Durakovic was his usual self praising his players whether in a win or defeat. The Red Giants hauled themselves back on track at the Sultan Ismail Nasiruddin Shah Stadium in Kuala Terengganu last week.
The Red Giants rode on pure “football luck” when a long range effort by Australian Guilherme de Paula slipped through the hands of the T-Team goalkeeper and rolled over the line in the 51st minute.
“It is not easy to go to Kuala Terengganu and come back with three points. We got that and it has boosted the morale of the players for the coming matches,” said Durakovic.
“We played well against Kelantan but lost, we did not play that well against T-Team but won. Still the three points against T-Team has put us back in contention.”
In the first match the Red Giants slumped to a shocking 3-0 whitewash at the hands of Kelantan at the Shah Alam Stadium – a defeat that left the 32-time Malaysia Cup champions shell shocked.
Durakovic believes the return of “spitting Nazmi” back in the fray after the international served a three-match ban for spitting on an opponent in the Super League match against Kelantan at Shah Alam on Aug 19, is an added boost to the team.
However, Nazmi Faiz Mansor’s ban will be extended to six matches if he misbehaves again.
For the record Nazmi was also involved in a similar incident in Malaysia’s opening match against Timor Leste in the Singapore SEA Games and was thrown out of the competition with a six-match ban.
While Durakovic is a bundle of confidence, Felda United who drew 1-1 in Kota Bahru last week to remain after two matches are ready to do battle with Selangor. The Fighters “lost” their chief coach Irfan Bakti for the match against Kelantan after he was hospitalised with dengue.
The team was handled by Irfan’s assistant Nik Mohamed who came in for praise from Irfan for coming back with a “precious point” against the Red Warriors, more so when the match was played in their own den.
Although still feeling weak, Irfan said he will take charge of the team’s training from Wednesday.
“Nik did a good job in Kelantan. The one point is very precious in this group of death.
“We are still unbeaten after two matches and we are in the right frame of mind to ride on the momentum against Selangor. Playing at the Shah Alam Stadium does not fear Felda United,” said Irfan.
“We have a good track record playing away…this is an added factor to face Selangor.”
Felda United’s home ground is the Selayang Stadium.