Analysis

Malaysia Cup Winners & Losers: Liridon stars as Selangor are almost out

Selangor, the most successful team in Malaysia Cup history with 33 titles, faces the ignominy of missing the cut to the knockout stage.

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The Malaysia Cup group stage has reached its halfway stage with a few teams already sounding out big intentions for the title.

Some teams are still finding their footing, while for the rest, the end is almost near.

FourFourTwo Malaysia takes a look at some of the biggest winners and losers of the weekend.

 
Winners

Liridon Krasniqi

How Kedah FA have missed their talismanic playmaker. A thigh injury in June ruled Krasniqi out for almost two months, and in that period the team’s form and harmony were severely disrupted. 

But the talented Kosovar man was back against MIFA, and he single-handedly revived Kedah’s hopes in the competition with two goals for the 3-2 victory. 

“Guess who’s back? Yes exactly it’s ‘Mat Don’. I am so happy and this is amazing teamwork. Keep it up,” enthused Krasniqi on social media after the win. 

He is not the only happy one. The entire northern state is rejoicing now he is fit.

Nor Hakim Hassan

Nor Hakim came close to scoring on a number of occasions.

It will difficult for Malaysia head coach Tan Cheng Hoe to ignore this rapidly improving winger when he starts listing his call-ups for the September friendlies. 

Nor Hakim has been in excellent form this season, and he once again displayed the full extent of his talents against Kuala Lumpur FA on Sunday. 

Nor Hakim tormented the daylights out of the KL defenders in the first-half with his pace and nifty footwork. 

He came close to scoring on a number of occasions, and ended the night with an assist after he was pushed in the penalty box. 

The KL defenders had enough of him, and in fouling him, surrendered the match 2-0 to Perak. Nor Hakim wants to be noticed at all costs too, judging by his funky hair-do.

Felda United FC

They are called The Fighters for a reason, and against PKNS FC on Sunday, displayed just that spirit. Trailing two goals down after 21-minutes, Felda looked to be heading for their first loss in the Malaysia Cup. But B. Satinanthan has grilled his men to be made of sterner stuff, and they proved that with one of the comebacks of the competition so far. After 81 minutes, Felda had turned the tables on PKNS and finished the match 3-2 winners. They now have a three-point cushion in Group B and look big favourites to finish as group champions. Not bad for a promoted side.