By FOX Sports staff
Traditionally one of Malaysia's biggest sides, Selangor are set for another disappointing season after failing to find any sort on consistency in 2013.
Already out of the AFC Cup and Malaysia FA Cup, the Red Giants are currently eight points behind league leaders LIONSXII with four games remaining and already, the Malaysia Cup appears to be their last chance of silverware this term.
Nonetheless, Friday's game at the Shah Alam Stadium will provide them a good chance to salvage some pride against a side still in the running for the title, but they will have to do without star striker Doe, who is suspended for the tie.
But in the towering Afiq, Irfan has a ready-made replacement who is capable of posing a real problem to opposition defenders and the Malaysian tactician is backing his 24-year-old charge to come good against the Armed Forces.
"Losing a player of Doe's calibre is a big blow but we have to soldier on," he told The Star.
"I have been testing out various combinations in attack and I think Afiq's height will give us an advantage."
Irfan also revealed that his preparations for the enticing tie have been boosted by the return of six key players from international duty with Malaysia, including Mahalli Jasuli, Asraruddin Putra Omar, Amri Yahyah and Norazlan Razali.
"The good thing is that our national players will be back for training," he added. "We still have a few more days to decide on our lineup.
"We have to plan carefully for this match."
It was ATM who prevailed when both sides met in the league earlier this season, with goals from Bruno Martelotto and Marlon Alex James handing B. Sathianathan's charges a 2-0 win back in February.
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