Malaysia Premier League: Terengganu, KL on track for promotion

Gabriel Tan Gabriel Tan

Terengganu remain on course for immediate promotion back to the top flight after a 2-1 triumph over MISC-MIFA consolidated their top-two spot in the Malaysia Premier League.

The Turtles, who were relegated after finishing bottom in the Super League in 2016, edged ahead through a Kipre Tchetche strike four minutes before the hour mark, before Issey Nakajima-Farran doubled their lead in the 77th minute.

MIFA did reduce the deficit in the 88th minute when Kpah Sherman found the back of the net but it proved to be too little too late, as Terengganu held out for maximum points.

Kuala Lumpur are still top of the table, ahead of Terengganu on goal difference, after coming from behind to beat UiTM FC 2-1.

UiTM were initially leading courtesy of Akkani-Sunday Wasiu’s 35th-minute opener, but Guilherme popped up to equalise in the 74th minute.

It looked as though a draw was on the cards but, in the first minute of injury-time, Guilherme found the back of the net once more to help Kuala Lumpur claim a potentially decisive result as they bid to return to the Super League for the first time since 2012.

There was no such joy for Negeri Sembilan as their recent slump continued with a 3-1 loss to PKNP FC, who overtook their opponents in third spot in the process.

A brace from Gilberto Fortunato and a Shahrel Fikri Fauzi effort were enough to hand PKNP the win, while Lee Tuck netted a mere consolation for the visitors.

Having led the way for much of the season, Negeri’s woeful run of just one win in their past six games means they are likely to miss out on promotion.

There were plenty of goals raining in all across the league on an eventful Tuesday, with Dao Bakary netting four goals to inspire PDRM to a 5-3 victory over Kuantan.

Elsewhere, a Lee Kil-hoon hat-trick and a double by Rodoljub Paunovic saw Sabah thump Perlis 5-1, while Johor Darul Ta’zim II played out a 1-1 draw with bottom side ATM.

Photo credit: Terengganu FA