Ahmad Hazwan Bakri was the hero as Selangor FA claimed their 33rd Malaysia Cup title with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Kedah FA in the final game at Shah Alam Stadium on Saturday.
Kedah finished the game with 10 men after goalkeeper Firdaus Muhamad was sent off four minutes from the end for blocking substitute S. Veenod’s effort with his hands outside the penalty area.
The victory also means that Mehmet Durakovic becomes the first foreigner to win the Malaysia Cup as both player and coach, with the Australian also part of the Red Giants’ triumph in 1995 to 1997.
“I can’t describe the feeling, the mission for 33rd title has been accomplished. Our 10-year wait for another Malaysia Cup has ended,” said the 50 year-old tactician.
“It’s very satisfying to win with previously nobody gave us a chance, but we kept believing and ended up winning the Malaysia Cup.”
The victory also ended a 10-year drought for Selangor, as the last time they won the tournament was in 2005 through a 3-0 thrashing of Perlis at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil.