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Morais dedicates Malaysia Cup victory to Tunku Ismail

The Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) football team celebrate winning the Malaysia Cup after a 2-0 win over defending champions Kedah in the final at the Shah Alam Stadium in Shah Alam November 5, 2017. — Bernama picSHAH ALAM, Nov 5 — Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) head coach, Ulisses Morais dedicated their victory to lift the Malaysia Cup for the first time to the club’s owner, Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim.

The 57-year-old Portuguese said the Tunku Mahkota of Johor has worked tirelessly since the latter took over the club back in 2013 to ensure they enjoyed success in both local and international competitions including the AFC Cup in 2015.

JDT beat reigning champions, Kedah 2-0 in last night’s Malaysia Cup final at the Shah Alam Stadium, thus ending the 26-year wait to clinch the Cup which was last won by Johor FA back in 1991.

“Congratulations to the coaching staff, players, supporters and also our boss, Tunku Ismail and I’m very happy that we finally managed to win this cup after 26 years,” he told a press conference after the match.

Meanwhile Kedah head coach Mohd Nidzam Adzah Yusoff was satisfied with the game traits displayed by his players at last night’s match despite failing to bring home the prestigious Malaysia Cup.

“Whatever it is, I wish to congratulate the players for giving their best shot at the match although luck was not on our side to defend the Malaysia Cup,” said Mohd Nidzam, who was a former Kedah player in the 1990s era.

JDT defetated Kedah 2-0 with goals netted by Mohamad Aidil Zafuan Abdul Razak at the third minute and Gonzalo Gabriel Cabrera at the 63rd minute. — Bernama