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North vs South for Malaysia's football event of the year

PETALING JAYA: It's the biggest night of the year for Malaysian football, with Super League champions Johor Darul Tazim (JDT) and FA Cup winners Kedah going head to head in Saturday's Malaysia Cup final at the Shah Alam Stadium.
Fans are eagerly awaiting the kick-off at 9pm, as each team is hungry to score their own double to cap the year.
Five-time winners Kedah are in the final for a third consecutive year, having lost 2-0 to Selangor in 2015 before beating the same opponents on penalties last year.
JDT last featured in the Malaysia Cup final in 2014, losing 5-3 to Pahang in a penalty shootout.
The Southern Tigers are now looking to clinch the Malaysia Cup for the first time and complete their trophy collection, having previously dismissed its importance.
They are still without Marcos Antonio (knee injury), a backline absence that Kedah coach Nidzam Adzha Yusoff said his northern team would try to exploit.
"We will try to capitalise on it but we are also aware that they have a strong midfield and attack, so we need to tread carefully.
"We've played three Cup finals at the Shah Alam Stadium and won the last two. I hope our luck continues here.
Meanwhile, JDT coach Ulisses Morais has got his men ready to last the distance.
"I'm confident of my players' abilities. They are in the best shape for the final and are also prepared go all the way to the penalty shootout," said Morais.
"Both finalists are good, so I expect an exciting match. I hope we can play good football.
"The last time we played against Kedah, it ended in a draw. But this is going to be a different game. This is a Cup final. It will be a difficult game against a good team.


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