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NEGRI Sembilan coach Wan Jamak Wan Hasan claimed that Kelantan's obsession with winning the Malaysia Cup will give his team a head start in the final at the National Stadium today.
"It is not a dream for Kelantan, it is an obsession. The obsession is winning the title for the first time. It's one thing to follow a dream, it's another to have an obsession. For them it is an obsession," said Wan Jamak at the Malaysia Cup final press conference at the National Stadium yesterday.
"Even for Kelantan coach (B.) Sathinathan, it is an obsession as he has not tasted Malaysia Cup glory. We denied Kelantan the title last year and hopefully we can deny them again. For us, we will go out and play with a winning mentality as our dream is to retain the title."
Negri ended their 61-year Malaysia Cup wait by overcoming Kelantan 3-1 last year.
Having hyped up the importance of the game to Kelantan, Wan Jamak continued his mind games by playing down his team's chances in the final.
"Of course, Kelantan with a star-studded cast will start as the favourites. They have a good team. Our fans say we should be the favourites as we had won the FA Cup but looking at the limitations in our squad, I think they are a better team.
"I can't say for me it is a personal dream (to win the Malaysia Cup) as I have won it before but my hope is to win it for Negri again," he said.
Negri will start without their injured captain Rezal Zambery Yahya (midfielder), Rahman Zabul (defender), Zaquan Adha Radzak and L. Ragesh (strikers) but Wan Jamak believes his team will not be weakened by their absence.
"Except for Rezal, the rest are not in my final-18. Rezal has started training after a knee injury but he lacks fitness.
"We have been plagued with injury problems since the start of the Malaysia Cup. I experimented by switching players and it has worked so far," he said.
In Rezal's absence, centre-back Aidil Zafuan Radzak has been named captain of the Negri team.
Aidil should fit into the role without problems as he is the captain of the national Under-23 side.
"Being captain has made me even more determined to win the title. I think the absence of several core players will not weaken us.
"The beauty about Negri is that everyone in the team can fit into any position, whenever required, We are in the final because of hard work and determination," said the 23-year-old.
On Negri's strategy in the final, Aidil said efforts must be taken to stop Indra Putra (Mahayuddin) and Norshahrul (Idlan Talaha), who are Kelantan's most dangerous players, from settling down.
"We must shut them down at all cost. However, we should not forget about the other players. We will not go wrong if we play to our coach's instructions," added
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