Fandi challenges LionsXII to win first three tough games

Fandi challenges LionsXII to win first three tough games

Pahang. Selangor. Johor Darul Ta'zim.

Malaysia Cup winners. Traditional powerhouses.

The rich and the ambitious.

The Malaysian Super League fixtures are out and I don't think our first three games can get more challenging than this. I love a challenge, and I hope the boys are up for it, too.

In fact, my challenge for them is this: Bring back maximum points from the first three games.

Last season, the LionsXII kicked off with three difficult games too, against ATM FA, Selangor and bogey team PKNS FC. But they took six points and beating ATM in their first game last season was a big step on their way to winning the title.

It was an improvement from their first season, when they faced Kelantan, Kedah and Kuala Lumpur and collected just four points, with their first win coming only in their third game.

And I think that is the theme I want to impress on the team this season - be competitive, set targets and keep outdoing yourselves.

If you are a reserve player, I want to see you push your way through to the first team.

Khairul Amri, a striker of your calibre should go for 15 goals.

Sufian Anuar, make the place in the first 11 yours, and go for eight goals.

Syafiq Zainal and Khairul Nizam must also stay fit and contribute goals.

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