KUALA NERUS, April 5 — Terengganu FC (TFC) head coach Tomislav Steinbruckner has expressed relief that his strikers finally found their scoring touch after edging Kelantan FC 5-0 in the Super League match last night.
Steinbrucker also expressed his happiness at being able to make up for the fans’ disappointment with the Turtles’ lacklustre performance this season.
He said that the team was hampered by poor finishing in the previous matches where they failed to translate many opportunities into goals.
“I am very happy because our three strikers all scored a goal. In previous matches, we created so many chances, and everybody played well... but it was really hard to score.
“Now I am very satisfied with the result and look optimistically to the next match against Kuching City FC,” he told reporters after the match at the Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin Stadium here.
Ivan Mamut emerged as the team’s hero when he scored two goals, while Jordan Mintah, Adisak Kraisorn and Hakimi Abdullah scored one goal each.
TFC is now at the sixth spot in the 14-team Super League standings with 10 points from seven matches.
Meanwhile, Kelantan FC caretaker Rezal Zambery Yahya said the defeat would challenge the players to improve their weaknesses.
He said the squad were still on the right track, adding that it was not too late for them to improve.
“Obviously, this was a bad start for me as a caretaker because I lost the first game last night.
“However, we are not too far behind (and) there is still hope. The players have to work hard because we are now playing in the Super League where the style of play and the quality of the players are much different,” he said.
Rezal Zambry was appointed as caretaker of Kelantan FC after Choi Moon Sik was relieved from his duties as head coach only about 30 minutes before the match began. — Bernama