Coach Mora has no com­plaints about draw as Darul Ta’zim show met­tle de­spite play­ing with 10 men

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DARUL Ta’zim coach Ben­jamin Mora re­gards the 1-1 draw with Myan­mar’s Magwe FC in Tues­day’s AFC Cup Group F match as sat­is­fac­tory con­sid­er­ing that his team played with 10 play­ers for nearly 80 min­utes in Yan­gon.

The for­mer cham­pi­ons were a man down when right-back Has­bul­lah Abu Bakar was sent off in the 12th minute.

How­ever, left-winger R. Gopinathan put the vis­i­tors ahead in the 27th minute, only for Darul Ta’zim to be de­nied a win by Sylla Sekou’s goal in the 89th.

Darul Ta’zim are sec­ond in Group F with four points while Global of the Philip­pines, who over­came Cam­bo­dia’s Boe­ung Ket 2-0, lead with six points.

Mora fielded a com­pletely new line-up on Tues­day from the 3-2 Su­per League win over Pa­hang on March 3.

Farizal Mar­lias played be­tween the posts with Aidil Za­fuan Radzak, Fadhli Shas, Has­bul­lah and Fa­zly Ma­zlan in de­fence while Shakir Shaari earned a rare start in mid­field to­gether with Safawi Rasid and Amir­ul­hadi Zainal.

The for­wards were Gopinathan, S. Chan­turu and Ar­gen­tine Brian Fer­reira. Safiq Rahim, Ma­hali Ja­suli and Ar­gen­tine Gabriel Guerra came on as sec­ond half sub­sti­tutes.

“De­spite play­ing with 10 play­ers for al­most 80 min­utes, we man­aged to earn a point from this match. It is a pos­i­tive sign for the club in the AFC Cup,” Mora told Jo­hor South­ern Tigers Facebook page yes­ter­day.

“It was chal­leng­ing as tac­tics needed to be changed im­me­di­ately af­ter Has­bul­lah was sent off. The play­ers did their best to win the game.”

Mora said his team strug­gled slightly to play ac­cord­ing to what was planned.

“We have to ac­cept the re­sult … there were sev­eral in­di­vid­ual mis­takes. There’s no ex­cuse. We will have to fix them.

“How­ever, we did not play too badly. A de­tailed and com­pre­hen­sive anal­y­sis will be done im­me­di­ately when we re­turn to Jo­hor Baru to iden­tify our weak­nesses,” Mora added.

Darul Ta’zim will host Premier League side Univer­siti Te­knologi Malaysia (UiTM) in an FA Cup third round match on Satur­day at Larkin Sta­dium.

Mora is ex­pected to make sev­eral changes to strengthen his squad for the game.

UiTM are en­joy­ing a de­cent run in the Premier League and they will be de­pend­ing on South Korea Do Dong Hyun and Nigerian Akanni Wa­siu to trou­ble the de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons.

Dong Hyun has net­ted eight goals in all com­pe­ti­tions while Wa­siu has scored seven.

In last year’s FA Cup, Darul Ta’zim ham­mered UiTM 5-0 in the sec­ond round but the match is ex­pected to be tight on Satur­day.

R. Gopinathan scored the Darul Ta’zim goal on Tues­day.

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