Zainal eager to beat Tampines

Selangor coach Zainal Abidin Hassan has called on his team to get back to winning ways when they take on Tampines Rovers in the AFC Cup on Tuesday. 

Selangor began their AFC Cup campaign with a 2-2 draw against Ceres La Salle FC on February 23 before being knocked out of the Malaysia FA Cup following a 1-0 loss to Police on Friday.

Zainal admitted that his side have not been in the best of form as of late and added that they must steer away from their habit of conceding early goals.

“We have been conceding early goals, especially in our last four matches,” he told The Star. “I want this to stop. I hope the players understand the importance of this match against Tampines.

“We got only a point from the Ceres match. Now, we need full points against Tampines to move forward in the competition. We have a very hectic schedule but that’s not an excuse not to play well.”

However, Zainal acknowledged that Tampines pose a big threat as they started their AFC Cup journey with a 4-0 win over Sheikh Jamal of Bangladesh. As a result, Zainal made it clear that his side cannot afford to slip up.

“They are a quality side who can punish our mistakes,” the 54-year-old said.

Selangor currently sit in second place on the Group E standings with one point, while Tampines are at the summit with three points.