JDT on course for perfect treble

KUALA LUMPUR: Johor Darul Ta'zim (JDT) are just a match away from achieving a treble this year after reaching the Malaysia Cup final on Sunday.

The Southern Tigers defeated Sabah 3-1 in the semi-final return leg at Sultan Ismail Ibrahim to qualify 4-1 on aggregate.

Hector Bidoglio's side produced a dominant display in the Super League, winning it for the ninth time undefeated and also lifting the FA Cup.

On Sunday, JDT scored through Bergson Da Silva (35th minute), Fernando Forestieri (41st) and Syafiq Ahmad (90th). Taiki Kagayama replied for the Rhinos in the 47th minute.

Last year, JDT were denied the Malaysia Cup title by KL City. They are eager to make amends and achieve a treble by winning Sunday's final against Terengganu or Selangor.

"We just have another 90 minutes of football left to achieve our treble. It is always tough in title-deciding matches, but as long we avoid mistakes, we can achieve our goals," said Bidoglio after the match.

Meanwhile, Sabah coach Ong Kim Swee said it was tough on Sunday as they had only 16 fit players.

"We have injuries and could not field some of our key players. However, those who played showed a high level of commitment. It is a positive thing for the club going into next season.

"Of course, we will beef up our squad with a few new signings for the new season,"

Kim Swee confirmed that national striker Darren Lok is one of Sabah's targets for the new season.

"It is too early to announce anything. Darren is a target, but we are still negotiating," he said.

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