By Gabriel TanFollow @@gabetan13
Just over half a decade ago, Hijau-Kuning were the dominant side in the land after winning back-to-back trebles with victories in the Super League, Malaysia Cup and FA Cup from 2006 to 2008.
But following a shocking decline, they were relegated from the top flight last term and are destined to play in the Premier League for another season at least, after missing out on promotion earlier in the year.
However, after seeing his side force a deserving 2-2 draw away to current Super League champions LIONSXII in their opening Malaysia Cup Group D encounter on Wednesday, Sisic believes it is time for his side to return to the summit of Malaysian football.
"Kedah used to have six to eight players in the [Malaysia] national team in the past," he said. "Now Kedah have zero national team players.
"In two years [from 2006 to 2008] we won six trophies but now we are fourth in the Premier League. This means we were the 16th team out of 16 to qualify for the Malaysia Cup.
"For me, [Kedah] going downwards with each year and this drop to the bottom is motivation to start working towards improvement, and I think we're on the right path.
"I think we are on the right path and if we can continue to work hard, like we have in the last 38 days, we'll do very well.
"Winning is not just this match or the next match, but for every day in life; for my players, myself and the entire club.
"But when we win it also belongs to the management, the kitman, the officials, the fans; it's important for Kedah FA to stay as one family."
And based on Wednesday's result at the Jalan Besar Stadium, there is certainly plenty for Kedah to be positive about.
It looked as though Hijau-Kuning were going to be handed defeat as they twice fell behind to strikes from Shahril Ishak and Shahfiq Ghani.
However, on both occasions, Alen Guc popped up with the equaliser - the second coming from the penalty spot in the 92nd minute - to earn his side a share of the spoils, a fine achievement considering how few visiting sides managed to avoid defeat at the LIONSXII's den in the recently-concluded Super League season.
And while the visitors certainly were worth a point at least for the endeavour they showed throughout the 90 minutes, Sisic reveals they deserved more credit given the likes of captain Baddrol Bakhtiar and midfielder Tengku Hasbullah were both struggling to see out the game.
"Our captain Baddrol was actually unable to play this game as he had the flu and had not left his bed for the past three days," he said.
"Two hours before the game, he said 'I am the captain and I need to lead this team to victory'. This is good team spirit.
"Also at halftime, one of our players - our midfielder Tengku - threw up because of how much he had run. I wanted to substitute him but he pleaded with me as he wanted to play 90 minutes for the team.
"Two players suffered because of how much they ran and prepared for today's [Tuesday's] match but this is team spirit. I think hard work and team spirit gave us this one point in Singapore."
Although there were occasions when the game threatened to boil over following a series of feisty challenges from both sides, Sisic insists he had no complaints about the referee's display and preferred to focus on his team's development.
"It was a very hard match and we know how important every point is in the Malaysia Cup," he added.
"It was a very tough game and everybody wanted to win to get the points. It wasn't an easy game for the referee nor was it for us, but most important is that we take this point.
"You may have seen that I had a lot of things to say to the referee but I don't blame anybody. Players make mistakes, coaches make mistakes and sometimes referees do too; it's normal.
"Both the teams played a high pressing game and when you play this style of football, then it's normal that there's a lot of contact, fouls and yellow cards.
"But it's a risk we wanted to take as we could have left here without two injured players but also without anything - no points."
Kedah resume their bid to make the Malaysia Cup quarter-finals on Saturday when they entertain Perak at the Darul Aman Stadium.
Image courtesy of FAS (Shirly Hamra)