Fer­nan­des pledges no sen­ti­ment against former club Kedah

New Straits Times - - Sport -

THI­AGO Au­gusto Fer­nan­des will put his friend­ship with Kedah play­ers aside when he faces his former team­mates to­mor­row as he looks to fire Felda United into the Malaysia Cup fi­nal.

Fer­nan­des scored five goals in the Malaysia Cup last year as he helped Kedah win the ti­tle while on loan from Felda.

In 2015, the Brazil­ian fin­ished joint top-scorer in the com­pe­ti­tion with eight goals as Felda reached the semi-fi­nals only to be knocked out by Kedah 4-3 on ag­gre­gate.

Fer­nan­des said he has mixed feel­ings about fac­ing Kedah again in the first leg of the Malaysia Cup semi-fi­nals in Jengka de­spite scor­ing in Felda’s 3-1 win in a Su­per League match in Alor Star on Sept 20.

“I feel a game against Kedah is al­ways tough,” said Fer­nan­des at a Felda train­ing ses­sion in Bangi yes­ter­day.

“I know they have strong fight­ing spirit but these last two weeks we have worked very hard.

“They don’t change many play­ers, they changed two for­eign­ers and the lo­cals are the same. They have a good team but we also have a good team and I think on Sun­day it will be a good game.

“Last year we (Kedah) worked hard to win and it is nice to play in the fi­nal. But this year we will see. I think we have a 50-50 chance, it is like two equal teams play­ing each other.”

Fer­nan­des has scored 15 goals for Felda this sea­son, in­clud­ing four in the Malaysia Cup, and would like to in­crease his tally at the Tun Ab­dul Razak Sta­dium on Sun­day.

“A striker al­ways tries to score but if I can as­sist my team­mates and help some­one else to score then it is more im­por­tant that Felda win,” he said.

“Kedah are al­ways tough in the league, Malaysia Cup. They have a big crowd. But we are strong team too.” Devinder Singh

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