Hairuddin eyes fifth straight Malaysia Cup final

ATM captain Hairuddin Omar has set his sights on playing in the Malaysia Cup final for the fifth straight season in 2013.

ATM vs Selangor: Hairuddin Omar

By FOX Sports staff

The 33-year-old has played in the final of Malaysian football's biggest competition in the past four years, winning in 2009 and 2011 with Negri Sembilan and in 2010 with Kelantan, before claiming a runners-up medal last term with ATM.

Although what initially started as a promising Super League campaign for the Armed Forces ended with a disappointing sixth-placed finish, they are still tipped to go far when the Malaysia Cup starts next month due to the quality at coach B. Sathianathan's disposal.

And for Hairuddin, he has set a fifth straight final appearance as his personal target.

"Every time the Malaysia Cup campaign starts, I am always motivated [and] excited," he told Astro Arena.

"And if I fail to reach the final this season, it would be a big failure to me.

"My minimum target for this year is to be in the Malaysia Cup final."

ATM have been handed a relatively easy route to the knockout round and being drawn in Group A with 32-time champions Selangor, and Premier League sides Sime Darby and Johor.

Image courtesy of ATM FA

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