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KUALA LUMPUR – Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) led 11 Super League teams into the Malaysia Cup after last night’s fixtures ended at various venues throughout the country.

Based on the Malaysia Cup format, 11 teams from the Super League and five top teams from the Premier League qualify for the competition in July.

Apart from JDT, Pahang, Kedah, Felda United, Sarawak, Perak, PKNS FC, Melaka United, Kelantan, Selangor and T-Team qualified from the Super League while Negeri Sembilan, Terengganu, PKNP FC, Kuala Lumpur and UiTM FC made it from the Premier League.

In Super League matches, JDT consolidated its position at the top of the Super League table with 23 points after beating Penang 2-1 at the Batu Kawan Stadium in Penang.

At the Darulmakmur Stadium, Pahang were held to a 1-1 draw by Felda United while Kedah and Perak shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw at the Perak Stadium in Ipoh.

Kelantan and Sarawak also shared the spoils in a 0-0 draw at the State Stadium in Kuching while T-Team upset Selangor 2-1 Sultan Ismail Nasiruddin Shah Stadium in Kuala Terengganu.

PKNS FC and Melaka United were involved in another 2-2 draw at the Hang Jebat Stadium in Melaka.

KUALA LUMPUR – The gentlemen’s agreement initiated by the Super League reigning champion, Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) by not allowing their ex-player to play against them should not be raised by certain quarters.

JDT Sports Director Alistair Edwards in the latest entry posted in JDT facebook page; The Southern Johor Darul Ta’zim FC claimed that such agreement had long been practised by certain clubs in Europe.

“The decisions and agreements were made to give win-win situations to both sides. So, to those unintelligent individuals, don’t try to bring up such a small matter,” he said.

Citing Mohd Amri Yahyah as an example, Edwards said the veteran playmaker was not allowed to play against JDT since his current club, Melaka United was unable to pay his full salary.

Therefore, Edwards said both teams agreed to pay half salary each to the 36-year-old player.

He also asserted that the same situation was also faced by two former JDT players – Mohd Nazrin Nawi and Jasazrin Jamaluddin – as the duo were also barred from playing against JDT since their current employer, Perak FA could not afford to pay the duo’s combined transfer fees of RM1.2 million.

“When Perak was unable to afford the amount and requested it to be lowered to RM400,000, JDT agreed to it as long as the players would not play against JDT,” Edwards said.

“It was the same with (national striker) Mohd Safee Sali when PKNS couldn’t afford to pay the full transfer fee to JDT, so Safee Sali cannot play against JDT due to the gentlemen’s agreement, in which JDT agreed to let PKNS pay half of the amount,” Edwards added. – BERNAMA

KUALA LUMPUR – Defending champion, Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) had been drawn to meet Pahang in the quarter-finals of the 2017 FA Cup.
JDT will play against the Elephants at the Darul Makmur Stadium, Kuantan in the first match before playing at its own turf at the Tan Sri Datuk Haji Hassan Yunos Stadium, Larkin in the second.

The FA Cup quarter-finals will take place over two legs, with the first matches played on March 31 and April 1, and the second on April 21 and 22.

The draw broadcasted live on TV9 today, saw three-time champions Kedah to take on the up-and-coming team, PKNP FC in the first leg of the match at the Darul Aman Stadium in Alor Setar.

In the remaining two draws, Terengganu were paired against the bottom two clubs in the Super League, Sarawak, while Sabah is set to meet the 2017 Super League winner, Negeri Sembilan at the Likas Stadium, Kota Kinabalu.

Meanwhile, Kedah head coach Tan Cheng Hoe said each team that qualified to the quarter-finals deserved to be respected and urged his players to maintain their excellent momentum in every match.

“I think we need to respect every team and player who have put efforts to come this far. I hope all my players can stay focus and display a high level of discipline in every match.

“Of course, we also have to increase our performance level from time to time,” he said at the ceremony here. – BERNAMA

JOHOR BAHRU – Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) hope to take full advantage of playing their AFC Cup Group F match against Beoung Ket Angkor FC from Cambodia on home soil at the Tan Sri Hassan Yunos Stadium to collect three points today.

JDT head coach Benjamin Mora said after losing the ‘play off’ for the Asian Champions League (ACL) against Japan’s Gamba Osaka, early this month, there should be no obstacle for JDT to once again win the AFC Cup.

“The team is improving in every aspect of offensive and defensive, and the style of play in evolving day by day. And tomorrow is going to be a challenge for us because it’s their first time and for sure they will give their very best,” he said here yesterday.

JOHOR Darul Ta’zim missed out on qualification for the AFC Champions League after 2008 winners Gamba Osaka brushed them aside 3-0 in a playoff in Japan on Tuesday night.

It means that the Malaysia Super League champions will play in the AFC Cup in 2017.

Brazilian striker Ademilson and Shun Nagasawa netted two quickfire goals for the J-League giants in the first half before Genta Miura completed the rout after the break.

Without their suspended Argentine forward Jeronimo Barrales, JDT coach Benjamin Mora still opted for a positive line-up for the game at a sparsely populated Suita City Football Stadium.

In near freezing temperatures, teenage winger Safawi Rasid was handed a start, along with fellow Malaysia international attackers Azamuddin Akil and Amrulhadi Zainal.

Gamba Osaka, fourth in the J.League last season, applied the pressure immediately. Midfielder Yosuke Ideguchi got into the box, but was unable to volley home a dangerous cross from the left.

A rare foray towards the Gamba goal saw right-back S.Kunanlan fire JDT’s first shot on target in the 10th minute from outside the area. But it was comfortably saved by Masaaki Higashiguchi.

Three minutes later, Gamba playmaker Shu Kurata also fired from range, forcing Farizal Marlias to spill the shot. But the goalkeeper was able to regather the ball before the fast-charging Shun Nagasawa reached it.

JDT’s quick counter attack on 17 minutes saw Safiq Rahim unleash Safawi in space on the left, but the 19-year-old rushed his left-footed shot, and it flew harmlessly wide.

Gamba took the lead in the 26th minute after a period of sustained pressing. The ball cannoned off the JDT defence into the path of Yasuyuki Konno whose cross from the left was met by a pinpoint header from Brazilian striker Ademilson, putting the home side ahead.

JDT immediately responded with a dangerous run from Gonzalo Cabrera that unleashed Azamuddin before he fouled left-back Hiroki Fujiharu in the box.

But Gamba would make it two goals in three minutes for a well-deserved 2-0 lead.

Kurata found Fujiharu whose first-time pass was slammed home by striker Shun Nagasawa in the 29th minute, getting the better of Fazly Mazlan. Nine minutes earlier, Fazly was lucky to escape with only a yellow card after a studs-showing challenge on Gamba’s Oh Jae-Suk.

Gamba Osaka took control of the AFC Champions League playoff after Ademilson opened the scoring in the 26th minute.
Brian Ferreira had been having a quiet game, but he did get JDT’s second shot on target in the 41st minute, without causing Higashiguchi much concern.

JDT started the second half in more confident fashion, unlike the first half where they were constantly harried off possession by Gamba.

One sequence of passes led to Safawi receiving possession just outside the Gamba box. The teenager unleashed a decent hit that was gathered by Higashiguchi.

But Gamba soon regained the upper hand as Fabio Aguiar directed a Yasuhito Endo header just wide. Then Shun Nagasawa was denied by a last-ditch Kunanlan tackle from close range.

That effort deflected wide for a corner, from which Gamba capitalised to make it 3-0 in the 69th minute.

The architect was captain Endo, who floated in a delicious corner which saw Miura rising highest to find the bottom corner with his debut goal in Gamba colours.

Safiq managed a free kick that sailed just over the bar in the closing stages.

It was the Malaysians’ last crack at goal as 2015 semifinalists Gamba comfortably sealed their passage into the ACL for another season.

For JDT, defeat was an important learning curve as they aspire to emulate their opponents by becoming regulars in Asia’s elite competition. – ESPN

JDT: Farizal Marlias (GK), Marcos Antonio, Fadhli Shas, Fazly Mazlan, Amirulhadi Zainal, Safiq Rahim (C), Gonzalo Cabrera, Brian Ferreira, Azamuddin Akil (Mahali Jasuli 54′), Safawi Rasid (Nazmi Faiz 65′), S. Kunanlan

Gamba Osaka: Masaaki Higashiguchi (GK), Fabio Aguiar, Genta Miura, Hiroki Fujiharu, Yasuhito Endo (C) (Jin Izumisawa 80′), Yosuke Ideguchi, Oh Jae-suk, Shu Kurata, Shun Nagasawa, Ademilson (Ritsu Doan 88′)

JOHOR BAHRU – Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) can surprise favourites Gamba Osaka in the Asian Champions League (ACL) play-off stage match on Saturday, said a respected local coach.

Football Coaches Association of Malaysia president B. Sathianathan said this is based on JDT’s strong display in the preliminary stage two matches.

The former national coach is confident the Southern Tigers (JDT) squad of young and foreign players can compete against the best teams in Asia.

KUALA LUMPUR – Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) moved into the final playoff round of
the 2017 AFC Champions League after beating edging Thailand’s Bangkok United
5-4 on penalties at the Thammasat Stadium in Pathum Thani, last night.

Both teams were tied 1-1 after regulation and extra time, forcing the
outcome to be decided by a penalty shootout.

After a goalless draw during regulation time (90 minutes) the match went
into a 30-minute extra time which saw skipper Safiq Rahim give JDT the lead in
the 108 minute but Jaycee John Okwunwanne struck the equaliser in the final
minute of play to force the shootout.

The equaliser was JDT’s own doing since the side was reduced to 10-man when
Argentina import Jeronimo Barrales was given the marching orders in the 110th

JDT will have a mountain to climb in the playoff round as their opponent
would be Japan’s Gamba Osaka who host them at the Suita City Stadium in Osaka,
Japan on Feb 7.

A win against Gamba Osaka will earn JDT a place in Group H of the Asian
Champions League (ACL) together with Adelaide United from Australia, Jiangsu
Suning (China) and Jeju United from South Korea.


JOHOR BAHRU – Kedah lifted the Charity Cup, beating Johor Darul Ta’zim 5-4 in a penalty shoot-out after a 1-1 draw at the Tan Sri Hassan Yunos Stadium in Larkin here, tonight.

JDT, coached by Benjamin Mora, who replaced the outgoing Mario Gomez, scored first through captain Safiq Rahim in the 40th minute from the penalty spot.

Referee Suhaimi Mat Hassan awarded the spot-kick after JDT import player Brian Federico Ferreira was brought down in the box by Kedah’s Mohd Asri Mardzuki.

However, JDT’s joy was shortlived, as Kedah equalised in the 63rd minute through their skipper Baddrol Bakhtiar.

The 1-1 result at full time gives both teams a point in the Super League.

JDT have won the last two Charity Cups in 2015 and 2016, while Pahang were champions in 2014.

The trophy was presented to Kedah by Football Malaysia Limited Liability Partnership (FMLLP) chief executive officer, Kevin Ramalingam. – BERNAMA

Barrales Completes List Of JDT Import Players

KUALA LUMPUR – Super League defending champions, Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) are set to complete their quota of four imported players when sign up their fourth player from Argentina for the 2017 Malaysian League.

Bernama understands the player concerned is former Turkish club Sivasspor’s striker, Jeronimo Barrales.

In his latest entry in the Johor Southern Tigers JDT Facebook, team manager and chief coach Mario Gomez said the striker, dubbed the “Apache Assassin”, would replace Juan Martin Lucero, also from Argentina, who was sold to the Mexican club, Tijuana.

The Southern Tigers, prior to this, had released his compatriot Jorge Pereyra Diaz after the Golden Boots Winner (most prolific striker) in the 2016 Super League was reported to have demanded a higher pay.

JDT have been strengthened with the presence of two imported players from Argentina, Gonzalo Cabrerra and PKNS FC former striker,Gabriel Miguel Guerra who would play for JDT 11.

Their Singapore international Hariss Harun is reported will be loaned to a Portugal or Japanese club for a year next season and his place would be filled by Argentinian import, Brian Ferreira who holds Iraqi citizenship.

The Southern Tigers squad also have another imported player, namely, defender Marcos Antinio of Brazil. – BERNAMA


JOHOR BARU: Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) football club striker Safee Sali voiced his disappointment over a hoax about his death which was spread through a fake social media account today.

The 32 year-old said he was informed of the false news by a friend at about 4pm today. The “news” had spread on Facebook from an account that falsely used the name of a Malay language daily.

“It is false and I am disappointed this is being spread on Facebook. I am well and will be training as usual at the JDT training centre this evening,” said Safee when contacted yesterday.

A screen grab of the news of Safee’s demise was uploaded to a Facebook account named “Harian Metro News”, which does not exist.

The update claimed that the striker had died following a heart attack. Safee said he will lodge a police report over the case soon. – NST