Mohamad Zaquan Adha Abd Radzak
PETALING JAYA, Nov 1 -- Kedah striker, Mohd Zaquan Adha Abdul Radzak is ready to take on his twin brother, Mohd Aidil Zafuan, who represents Johor Darul Ta'zim (JDT) when the two teams clash in the Malaysia Cup final at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil tomorrow night.
The former national team player who had lifted the Malaysia Cup twice with Mohd Aidil Zafuan (in 2009 and 2011) while they played for Negeri Sembilan, said his main focus would be helping Kedah win the title for the sixth time, although he was aware that his elder twin had a similar dream for latter’s own team.
Kedah have won the Malaysia Cup five times, namely in 1990, 1993, 2007, 2008 and 2016, while JDT won its first title in 2017 after defeating Kedah 2-0 in the final held at the Shah Alam Stadium.
"The sentiment of kinship needs to be set aside when we are on the pitch. We have to give our best performance for our respective teams, and mother’s prayer is the most important. Winning or losing is part of the game.
"The finals this time is different because I will be playing against my brother's team and the final is not the same as a group match or other matches. Every player wants to play in the finals," he said when met by reporters here, today.
Earlier, nearly 100 Kedah supporters attended a meet and greet session with the Lang Merah squad players and coaches at the Football Republic, a football apparel store, at a leading shopping mall in Bandar Sunway today.
Mohd Zaquan Adha acknowledged that he and his elder twin understood each other's gameplay well, as they had played together for their home state Negeri Sembilan from 2006 to 2011, however, he believes that the team with the best tactical gameplan tomorrow will win.
This view was echoed by Kedah winger Azammuddin Mohd Akil who is eyeing to lift his fourth Malaysia Cup trophy, after winning it with two previous teams.
The Kuala Lipis-born player won the cup twice with Pahang in 2013 and 2014, and with JDT in 2017.
"Tomorrow's game will be intense, but I will focus on my performance to help Kedah win the Malaysia Cup, and if coach (Aidil Sharin Sahak) sends me on, Insya-Allah (God willing), I will give it my best," said Azammuddin, who is commonly known as Alex.
Meanwhile, Kedah defender Mohd Rizal Ghazali said he was confident the player who will fill his position in tomorrow's finals would be able to hold off JDT's attacking trio of Diogo Luis Santo, Muhammad Safawi Rasid and Gonzalo Cabrera who have been the driving force behind the Southern Tigers squad in Malaysian League this season.
Mohd Rizal will miss the final after being handed a yellow card each in the quarter-final and the semi-final of the competition.