Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) consolidated their status as local football giants by doing the ‘double’ after defeating Kedah 3-0 to lift the 2019 Malaysia Cup at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium here tonight.
Already being crowned Super League champions in June, their sixth league title in consecutive years, the win was payback for their 2014 Malaysia Cup final loss to the same team, in the process clinching their second only Malaysia Cup title after their other win in 2017.
The win today was also JDT’s third trophy of the season, after having won the Charity Shield.
In the match watched by 82,420 fans, JDT were in a class of their own tonight, as their players began with guns blazing right from the first whistle that eventually led to two goals scored in the first half, before completing the dominance with a third in the second half.
Kedah captain, Baddrol Bakhtiar is positive and optimistic the Red Eagles will rise up again next season.
Under chief coach Aidil Sharin Sahak, Baddrol believed the changes made by the 42-year-old Singaporean could transform Kedah as the best side in the Malaysia League next season.
Aidil Sharin has succeeded in bringing Kedah to claim the 2019 FA Cup and won a decent fourth placing in the Super League after being appointed as coach in October 2018.
“As a professional player, we have to focus further in future and continue to hold a positive outlook.
“Next year is another chance for us…hopefully, Kedah will be the best team as we have 10 months to form the squad,” he told a media conference after the match last night.