LionsXII set sights on Malaysia Cup

LionsXII coach V. Sundramoorthy wants his side to have a go in the Malaysia Cup next.

IF winning the Super League wasn't already a kick in the rear for the Malaysian teams, LionsXII now want to have a go at the Malaysia Cup.

However, the final blow for Malaysian football is Sundramoorthy intending to take the Singapore Under-23 squad to the SEA Games gold in Myanmar later this year.

LionsXII coach V. Sundramoorthy reckons his side have outshone the Singapore side that did a M-League and Malaysia Cup double in 1994.

LionsXII reached the Malaysia Cup semifinal last year, where they lost to Armed Forces in a penalty shootout.

“The target remains the SEA Games gold medal. Of course we will try our best in the Malaysia Cup,” said Sundramoorthy.

“How we fare will depend on the draw. We would love to get a good draw. You know the Malaysian teams will definitely give us a hard time. But we will do our best.”

Malaysia won the last two regional games editions but with a large portion of LionsXII playing for the U-23 side, competitive match exposure could be a telling factor. Should LionsXII emerge victorious in the Malaysia Cup and the SEA Games, it would be a total wipeout of Malaysia's trophies in the region.

Singapore also took the AFF Suzuki Cup title, humiliating Malaysia 3-0 in the process last December.

“I can’t comment on that,” said Sundramoorthy when asked if LionsXII's win was a wake-up call to Malaysian football.

“We enjoy playing in front of big crowds. We'd like to play strong opponents across the causeway every week.

“This is not a comparison to the 1994 success. These boys have outshone that team. We are young and rookies. They've done well to win the league title.”

LionsXII wrap up their successful campaign against Kelantan in Kota Baru this Saturday. Sundramoorthy will give his fringe players more playing time in addition to Baihakki Khaizan and Isa Halim, who missed the 4-0 win over Felda United last night.

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