Johor Darul Ta’zim skipper Safiq Rahim has revealed that he is confident to win the AFC Cup this year with the club.
The Johor Southern Tigers qualified for the final of the Asian club tournament for the first time in history after their semi-final tie against Qadsia SC was cancelled following the FIFA’s ban on Kuwait FA (KFA) two weeks ago.
Accordingly, the Malaysia Super League champions will face Tajikistan’s FC Istiklol on Saturday in a one leg final game at Pamir Stadium, whose semifinal tie against Kuwait SC was also cancelled.
“Not everyone has the opportunity like this so when you get this kind of opportunity, you can’t help but to try your best to make it a sweet experience by winning it,” the 28-year-old midfielder told Astro Arena.
“I hope we can get a positive result, create history and at the same time lift the nation’s name in Asian football.
Ahead of the game in Dushanbe, Safiq also stated that JDT are not under heavy pressure since he considered his side as underdogs.
“One good thing about being the underdog is that people won’t be focusing too much on us. So for us, we are really serious about this and we’re going to give our best,” he concluded.