JDT fan puts AFC Cup as the benchmark

Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) fan Amir Hamzah feels confident of a third straight Malaysia Super League (MSL) title, while admitting that a successful AFC Cup defence may require a greater feat.

The 33-year-old was quick to quash the suggestion, however, that the outfit’s 2016 MSL campaign will be a walk in the park.

I am confident about the MSL title, but defending the AFC Cup will be very tough

Amir acknowledges that the competition will be tougher as their challengers have reinforced their squads, but he still believes JDT have enough in the tank – particularly in midfield – to be crowned champions again come the the end of the season.

“Defending the title was tough last year and looking at how the other clubs have invested, we have a tough competition ahead. Felda United are our closest competitors. They spent a lot too after having broken our two-year unbeaten record at Larkin Stadium last year,” said Amir.

“Yet I am confident about the MSL title, but defending the AFC Cup will be very tough. That is what we must strive for this year.

“I’m eager to see the new strike pairing up front. It really helps that Hariss Harun has a strong character and Safiq Rahim is at his best now. Our options in midfield are fantastic.”

Amir is also a member of the Boys of Straits (BoS) supporters’ group and even has his own football team – 83” ECFC – comprising JDT fans who studied at the state’s premier English College in the early 2000s.

“It’s a nice feeling going to the Larkin Stadium to watch the games. My football team splits during games as not all are BoS members, but it’s a fantastic feeling knowing you have so much in common with your friends,” he said.