JOHOR BAHARU – The competitive rivalry between Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) and Pahang when facing off in the Charity Shield on Saturday at the Larkin Stadium, is a healthy one, says Johor Football Association President Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim.
Tunku Ismail who is also the Tunku Makhota of Pahang said it was a healthy and positive rivalry that was needed to boost the competitiveness of football in the country as well as to excite the fans.
“Coach (Bojan Hodak) has made the necessary preparations to face Pahang. I believe the competitiveness between JDT and Pahang is healthy. It will be good for the fans and the teams too,” Tunku Ismail told reporters, here Thursday.
Tunku Ismail said though JDT had lost to Pahang last season, past records would not account for anything this year (2015).
“In the matches that we had lost to Pahang, JDT had dominated the match but lady luck deserted us,” said Tunku Ismail.
Meanwhile, Larkin Stadium’s advisor for security, Supt Abd Samad Salleh said 1,000 police personnel and 300 marshals would be on duty at the stadium during the Charity Shield match. – Bernama