| KUALA LUMPUR (May 12, 2007) – Northerners Kedah maintained their stranglehold at the top of the Malaysian Super League for yet another week despite the gallant effort put up by nearest challengers Perak and DPMM FC.
It would seem that Kedah’s 1-0 victory over Johor FC in mid-week was enough for them to see through match day 18 at the top of the Super League standing in spite of Perak’s 2-0 win over Selangor and DPMM FC 1-1 draw against Melaka Telekom FC.
The silver state who are chasing their first Super League crown made sure of the points with goals coming off R. Surendren in the 32nd minute and Traore Abdoulaye in the 66th minute for them to remain on second at the table – just two points behind Kedah.
“It will be a lot closer this year than how it has been in the past,” said Kedah head coach Mohd Azraai Khor Abdullah.
“But I believe in my boys and even though they may be young, they have the experience and more importantly the hunger for us to win the Super League title.”
The hopes of DPMM FC to land their first ever league crown suffered a hiccup when Chaswe Nsofwa nailed a 77th minute equaliser to erase out Shahrazen Said’s 45th minute lead for the homesters at the Stadium Negara Hassanal Bolkiah.
On the other hand, misery seems to have found a long companion for 2005-2006 FA Cup winners Pahang when they suffered a humiliating 3-0 beating at the hands of Sarawak at the Stadium Sarawak in Kuching.
Khairulzal Azmi, Romeo Kambe and Safri Amit were all on target for the Crocs as the home side scored only their first win of the season after 17 matches.
With just six more games to go to the end of the season, the chase for the 2006-2007 Malaysian Super League crown will be close indeed.
MALAYSIAN SUPER LEAGUE CURRENT STANDING
1. KEDAH 39pts; 2. PERAK 37; 3. DPMM FC 35