James: ATM hold no fear for Kelantan

ATM striker Marlon Alex James has warned Kelantan his side will not be intimidated by their opponents on Sunday when they meet in the Malaysia Cup final.

Malaysia Cup: ATM vs Kelantan

By Gabriel Tan

Kelantan are bidding to complete a domestic treble this week when they take walk onto the field at the Shah Alam Stadium, after winning the Super League and the FA Cup earlier in the year.

However, the Armed Forces have also had a successful season after winning promotion to Malaysia's top flight by finishing top of the Premier League, and have been extremely impressive in their run to Saturday's final.

While James can see why many are already installing the Red Warriors as favourites for the tie, he believes his team-mates have nothing to fear.

"We are very confident in our chances on Saturday," he told ESPNSTAR.com in an exclusive interview. "We will continue to work hard every day until the final.

"We will be up against a very good team in Kelantan, who have already won the Super League and the FA Cup this season.

"But at the end of the day, it's still 11 against 11 on the field. We will not be intimidated and I believe we will give them a good fight.

"Even though everyone has said we are the underdogs, we know we can play good football and we have what it takes to win the Malaysia Cup."

The 35-year-old is no stranger to playing in the final of the Malaysia Cup, having won the competition twice with Kedah during their treble-winning seasons of 2007 and 2008.

And although he admits promotion from the Premier League was ATM's primary aim at the start of the season, he believes their run to Saturday's final has been a real bonus.

"Our target this season was actually to gain promotion to the Super League," James added. "Personally, I would say that was the more important thing for the club.

"But that's not to say the Malaysia Cup is of no importance - getting to the final is always a special occasion.

"It's a fantastic experience and I've been there before. It's arguably the biggest competition in Southeast Asian football and the atmosphere is just amazing."

The Saint Vincent and the Grenadines international has been a star for the Armed Forces since joining the club at the start of the year, and netted 21 goals in their promotion-winning league campaign.



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