Andik: I’m sorry Selangor couldn’t defend Malaysia Cup

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Indonesia star Andik Vermansyah was upset he could not inspire Selangor to successive Malaysia Cup trophies, but caretaker coach K. Gunalan praised his charges for their brave display. 

Selangor’s captain of the night Andik Vermansyah felt he could have done more to inspire the Red Giants to another record-breaking Malaysia Cup win.

Andik, wearing the armband in Shahrom Kalam’s absence, did not have a poor game, even outshining Patrick Wleh and Mauro Olivi, but the winger insisted his contributions were not enough in Selangor’s shootout loss to Kedah at Shah Alam Stadium on Sunday.

“I need to tell Selangor fans that I’m sorry we couldn’t defend our trophy,” said Andik.

“I wasn’t happy with my game … it was not a captain’s performance. Being a captain comes with big responsibilities. I got nervous a bit … but there’s no excuse, really.”

Interim coach K. Gunalan, who took over from Zainal Abidin Hassan in August, conceded he was disappointed to see the tie slip away after managing to match Kedah for 120 minutes.

“I have to be proud of my players. We didn’t lose the match from open play. The shootout boils down to luck and composure, we didn’t have the best of both,” said Gunalan.

“It was a good match for the neutrals … it was a pity we couldn’t nick it. I was confident after Khairul Azhan Khalid saved the penalty and thought it may be our night. It was Kedah’s day in the end.”

Gunalan conceded Selangor, who finished a dismal fifth in the MSL, had a poor season and needed to buck up if they were to match league winners Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) or runners-up Felda United.

“I hope the management makes good decisions for next season. We have to work very hard to compete with the best in Malaysia.

“We have to start with securing players … but I really can’t say much as I don’t know what the management’s plans are,” said Gunalan, who is expected to return to assistant duties next season.