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5 Aug 2011

The Draw... Good

Terengganu and PBDKT T-Team were drawn into different groups for the 2011 Malaysia Cup competition in the just concluded draw held at the Nasional Stadium, Bukit Jalil.

The FA Cup winners found themselves with familiar faces in Group B with Negeri Sembilan who have Hairuddin Omar leading their frontline, Premier League champions, PKNS Selangor who were coached by former Terengganu player and coach, Abdul Rahman Ibrahim and Sime Darby FC who themselves were boosted by several Terengganu born players for their Premier League campaign.

It seems The Turtles will be making quite a few trips to the capital and so will T-Team who were drawn into Group D with Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and The Malaysian Royal Police as company.

Looking at the draw, Irfan Bakti's boys should be able to make it to the knock-out stage at least but they have to be extra careful with the Premier League sides as they could become their banana slips.

On the other hand, T-Team have the potential to go far but they have to be able to consistently perform at their best in order to overcome the challenges from the Klang Valley duo and the Police side.

Group A which consist of Kedah, their southern neighbour Perak, Sabah and Johor. The only group with no club side in their midst, the battle will be between the three Super League sides as Johor could be considered as spoilers to the other teams.

Meanwhile Group C should see Super League champions, Kelantan qualifying to the knock-out stage and the battle in the group will be to see who will accompany them between Johor FC, Felda United and Premier League side, Sarawak. But it could turn out differently if The Stags could not start the campaign running.