In last weekend's draw for the country's premier tournament, Kelantan were drawn in Group C along with Johor FC, Felda United FC and Sarawak
Speaking to the New Straits Times newspaper, Kelantan coach M. Karathu revealed that top class preparation was now vital if his team, who won Malaysia's Super League this season, were to have any chance of repeating their Malaysia Cup heroics.
"We are the current Super League champions and the Malaysia Cup defending champions and if things go as planned, we hope to go far again in this competition," said Karathu.
"We have talked to a few teams and thus far and T-Team, Kuala Lumpur and Selangor have agreed to play warm-up matches against us.
"We are doing everything necessary to prepare for the competition as we know the other teams are doing the same including our Group C rivals Sarawak, Felda United and Johor FC."
Karathu also announced that ace striker Norshahrul Idlan Talaha looks set to be fit for the Malaysia Cup, with loan signings Azammuddin Mohd Akil and R. Surendran also expected to play a role.
"Initially, we were worried Norshahrul would not recover in time but it looks like we are going to have him back sooner rather than later after having him back in training earlier this week," he said.
"That is great news for the team but Azammuddin and Surendran still have a job to do as winger Mohd Izuan Rosli is away with the Olympic squad and will not be involved in the Malaysia Cup."
Malaysia international goalkeeper Khairul Fahmi Che Mat will, however, be missing for Kelantan, as he too is away with the Olympic squad.
MALAYSIA CUP 2011
Group A: Kedah, Perak, Sabah, Johor
Group B: Terengganu, Negeri Sembilan, Selangor PKNS, Kuala Lumpur Sime Darby FC
Group C: Kelantan, Johor FC, Felda United FC, Sarawak
Group D: Selangor, Terengganu T-Team, Kuala Lumpur, Polis Diraja Malaysia (PDRM)