MSL Preview: Five things to look out for in Gameweek 2
Following the passing of renowned sports commentator Dato’ Hasbullah Awang and religious teacher Tok Guru Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat, most Ultra groups have pledged that no chanting will be performed during games to pay respect to the deceased. Besides that, the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) have confirmed that there will be a one minute’s silence before each Super League and Premier League match.
Depleted Red Warriors welcome in-form LionsXII
Fresh from thrashing PDRM 5-3 in their first match of the season, the LionsXII will be looking forward to add Kelantan to their list of scalps. As for the home side, they won in their opening match as well, but suffered costly injuries. Brendan Gan is out for the season while Noor Hazrul Mustafa, Nor Farhan Muhammad and Farisham Ismail picked up knocks as well. It is unsure if the latter three will be available for the clash, which has been postponed to the following day, but the Red Warriors will have Ahmad Fakri available after serving his one-match suspension.
A Kelantan reunion in Paroi
Some fans might remember about how ATM boss B. Sathianathan was suspended for six months after the former Kelantan head coach criticised the Super League schedule in 2011. His replacement? Perak head coach M. Karathu. The duo then worked together for a while with Sathianathan being allowed to serve his suspension while overseeing Kelantan’s football academy, before both leaving their respective posts months later. They might have some friendly chat to reminisce about their Kelantan days, but for 90 minutes, they will be at each other’s throats… hopefully not literally.
Watch ATM vs Perak on TV1 at 8:45pm on February 14th.
No love lost between Pahang and Selangor
It may be Valentine’s Day, but Pahang and Selangor will not be exchanging chocolate as both teams look to bounce back from their respective opening gameweek defeats. With JDT looking to bounce back from their AFC Champions League exit and unlikely to drop points against PDRM, the traditional rivals know a victory is a must to keep up with the Southern Tigers.
Watch Pahang vs Selangor on TV3 at 8:45pm on February 14th.
"So, who's the home team again?"
They say sharing is caring, but Sime Darby and Felda United will be out to get each other in the upcoming clash at the Selayang Stadium. Sime Darby are technically the home side of this match, but the stadium is also being used by Felda as their home ground until they finally get their own in Jengka, Pahang in a few years' time.
*BONUS* "Hey, where's that guy...?"
Terengganu will travel to Sarawak with one less foreign player in their squad following the release of Lebanon attacker Hassan Moni Chito, who failed to recover from his thigh injury. Not that the Crocs can hope that his absence will make any difference, as the Turtles easily dispatched Selangor last week without him.