SHAH ALAM, Nov 4 — The Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) football team have ended the 26-year wait to be crowned Malaysia Cup champions after a 2-0 win over defending champions Kedah in the final at the Shah Alam Stadium here, tonight.
The victory saw JDT successfully completing their trophy collection within four years, after winning the Super League, FA Cup and Sumbangsih Cup since Tunku Mahkota Johor (TMJ) Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim helmed the club in 2013.
In front of over 80,000 supporters, coach Ulisses Morais’s side went on the pitch without prolific striker Mohamad Ghaddar who started on the bench, however, it only took them three minutes to take the lead through Mohamad Aidil Zafuan Abdul Razak’s header off of a corner by team captain Mohammad Safiq Rahim.
Stung by the goal, Kedah launched attack after attack but the competition’s top scorer, Sandro Da Silva failed to finish for the Red Eagles.
JDT almost doubled the lead in the 15th minute after Kedah failed to clear the ball from the penalty area, however, Ignacio Insa’s shot went just pass the post.