It was a night of unbridled passion, a cup tie in the fullest sense of the word when a defeat means the end of a dream for another season.
LionsXII had to beat group leaders Perak to even have a chance of reaching the knock out stage of the Malaysia Cup and going into the game they were handicapped with the absence of leading scorer Shahril Ishak.
PETALING JAYA: Negri Sembilan are hitting top gear and coach Mohd Azraai Khor Abdullah is grinning
from ear to ear. The defending champions started off with a lacklustre 1-1 draw with Felda United
in their opening Group C match but proved their title aspirations by whipping Sime Darby 4-0 in
their second match on Saturday.
Johor v Kedah 0-2Sabah v Perak 0-0Sime Darby v Terengganu 0-3PKNS v Negeri Sembilan 1-2Sarawak v
Kelantan 0-2Johor FC v Felda United 0-2T Team v Selangor 1-0PDRM v KL 0-3
Just one home winner in the opening round of the Malaysia Cup and even that saw one of the
favourites, Selangor, go down 1-0 to a goal by Alias!
The pieces of the puzzle are slowly falling into place for former Malaysia Cup kingpins Kuala Lumpur as the city side bid to reverse a decline which resulted in successive relegation the past two seasons. KL will play in the third-tier FAM League for the first time in their 35-year history but the wheels have been turning as soon as relegation from the Premier League was confirmed in July.
"It is hoped that given time more fans who have attended LionsXII matches at Jalan
Besar will continue to go to the S-League stadiums." said S.League CEO Lim Chin in this
morning's TODAY article "Sizzling action, fizzling figures" (screen grab below).
courtesy of Mediacorp TODAYI really hope that I share the same optimism like what Mr Lim has
envisaged, but unfortunately, I couldn't do so.
Steve Darby has slammed Terengganu's sacking of coach Mat Zan Mat Aris saying he 'was amazed'. The
team from the north east of Malaysia sit third in the Super League but were recently dumped out of
the FA Cup by Premier League side Sime Darby.
'The results at Terranganu have been excellent, ' says Steve talking to Jakarta Casual, ' last year
they won the FA Cup, runners up in league and Malaysia Cup and this year reached semi final of FA
Cup and in the top 3 of the M league!
Terengganu coach Mat Zan Mat Aris, one name, has quit. The team are third in the Malaysia Super
League, 10 points behind leaders LionsXII but with three games in hand. However that doesn't seem
to be enough for the team from the North East who were surprisingly knocked out of the FA Cup semi
finals by Premier League side Sime Darby (no relation to Steve) and have only won one in their last
five Super League games.
I understand Gombak United coach Darren Stewart is being linked with a move to Johor ahead of next
season's Malaysia Premier League.
Aussie Stewart is in his third season with The Bulls and many felt the team would have won some
silverware in 2010 had the fates not conspired against them so cruelly.
The romantics may have fancied a LionsX11 v Selangor final. Back when Singapore competed annually in the Malaysia Cup a meeting between these two old foes was always one of the more anticipated fixtures. They clashed in the first final back in 1921 and have won the title 56 times between them, being runners up a further 34 times.
OK the Malaysian season has finished. The Malaysia Cup will be drawn at the end of July and will
start after Ramadhan.
Kelantan won the Super League and the FA Cup. They are still going strong in the AFC Cup, facing
Arbil home and away in September.
The Malaysians have decided it has been a few years since they last changed the format of their
league so in 2013 the top flight will have 12 teams instead of the present 14 so we have a mad rush
to escape the drop.
"If the LionsXII win the league, the Malaysia Cup and the FA Cup, we will have a problem. We all
want a competitive league but we have to be fair to the Malaysian teams." (Original)
So says a member of the Football Association of Malaysia.It's a bit like having a party, inviting
someone at the last minute then getting upset when they seduce the girl of your dreams.
Despite a poor start to the season, a defeat and a draw, LionsX11 are still attracting plenty of
interest among those who recall the 'good old days' of Malaysia Cup. Over 7,000 filled a newly
expanded Jalan Besar Stadium for the opening game with Kelantan while this report suggests ticket
sales are going well ahead of the next game against KL.
Tickets for the daftly named LionsXII, sorry but it is a daft name, opening game in the Malaysia
Super League against Kelantan go on sale this Friday. Again the Singapore FA have this nonsense
idea that tickets will only go on sale to Singaporeans and Permanent Residents which means if I
wanted to go I couldn't.
Malaysia Cup Final
Terengganu v Negeri Sembilan 1-2 (Ashaari Samsuddin; S Kunalan, Hairuddin Omar)
The Negeri's second win in three years, they also reached last year's final but were beaten by
Kelantan. Malaysian football done and dusted until January when we can expect to see foreign
players line up for the first time in three years.
Not a headline you're ever gonna read in England.
There was widespread disappointment in Malaysia when it was announced ticket prices for today's
Malaysia Cup Final between Negeri Sembilan and Terengganu were set at 50 RM, compared to 30 RM for
last year's showpiece.
Fans protested on line and off and there were threats the game would be boycotted.
Criminally I have not been keeping up with the Malaysia Cup over recent days. We're at the semi
final stage now with the second legs being played tomorrow. As things stand:
Selangor v Terengganu 0-2T Team v Negeri Sembilan 2-4
Is an all Terengganu final on the cards? NS's home advantage following their 4-2 win over the ever
so daftly named (takes a deep breath) Terengganu PBDKT T Team makes it unlikely but this is
Malaysian football after all so we'll see.
SINGAPORE — The LionsXII are set to participate in the Malaysian Super League (MSL) and Malaysia Cup beyond 2015, when the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) and the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) in 2011 expires. Under the MOU, both associations agreed to continue to have a team in each other's league for developmental purposes, and with one season left, all indications are that the deal will be re-struck.
Version:1.0 StartHTML:0000000167 EndHTML:0000007459 StartFragment:0000000457 EndFragment:0000007443 With eight minutes remaining on the clock, Kelantan were down and out of the Malaysia Cup. Despite winning the first leg in Kuala Lumpur 2-1 against ATM, or Armed Forces, a first half brace from veteran striker Marlon Alex James had given the visitors the lead and put them on the verge of a finals appearance.
LionsX11 managed to turn around a 2-1 deficit in their opening Malaysia Cup tie away to Pahang to win 2-0 on the night at the Jalan Besar Stadium. last night.
After their tepid 0-0 at home to Johor FC which had boos echoing round the stadium, the fans got behind the team last night in the right way as goals in each half from former Persib and Home United striker Shahril Ishak booked their passage in their debut season.
LionsX11 are back in the Malaysia Cup and in their opening group they sure won't be able to
complain too much about the travelling with two teams from Johor across the causeway and a team
from Selangor up by KL to get past.
22/08 Johor FC v LionsX11
25/08 LionsX11 v PKNS
28/08 Johor v LionsX11
01/09 LionsX11 v Johor
04/09 PKNS v LionsX11
14/09 LionsX11 v Johor FC
Ticket prices are more expensive than the recently finished Malaysia Super League.
(This entry is formulated based on the transcript of the media release issued by X-League, one of
the partners of this blog.)
(P.S: The images depicted in this blog entry are provided by X-League.)
Not just futsal, the new facilities include eateries and a supermarket within reachThe Woodlands
region, located at the north of Singapore, will see a new futsal league kicks off in the month of
The Malaysian football league may not have many teams. Just 14 in the top flight Super League and
12 in the Super League. But when you add the FA Cup and the Malaysia Cup what you have is a
domestic season that begins in January and finishes at the end of October. Then the best players
get to prepare for the SEA Games or the AFF Cup depending which year we are in.
Next year sees a Singapore team competing in the Malaysia Super League, a throwback to the times
when they competed in the prestigious Malaysia Cup fondly remembered by fans of that
The Singapore Lions is a team being specially built to compete north of the causeway, the season
starts in January, and is being slowly, almost painfully, put together piece by piece.
After Arsenal, Liverpool and that other club, forget their name, toured Malaysia earlier this year,
chances are the visit of Bangladesh won't excite too many people beyond the migrant workers that
build the country.
On Sunday though the Bangladesh national team will play a friendly against Malaysia Cup winners