When Sarawak were relegated last year, plenty of critics jumped on the bandwagon to collectively dismiss the team as being mere pushovers. But one year later, they are now the reigning Premier League champions and are into the semi finals of the Malaysia Cup competition.
performances have been amazing and Junior Eldstal believes that they
have silenced all those people who doubted the team prior to the season.
the start, we've had a lot of doubters. But I always knew how far
Sarawak could go in all competitions, and what we could potentially
achieve," he told Goal Malaysia.
"So I think that our performances have proven many people wrong."
Crocs are now preparing to take on Pahang in the semi finals of the
Malaysia Cup. The first leg will be played in Kuantan on the 19th of
December and Junior asserted the fact that preparation for that clash is
well on course.
"We are all focused and ready for that game
against Pahang. As usual, we are just preparing for this game like we do
for any other game. We train hard physically, and work on our tactical
side of the game. Most importantly, we consume good food and have good
rest whenever necessary.
"Pahang are a difficult team to play
against and we are certainly studying how they play as well. If we can
get a good result in the first leg, then we have all to play for at home
in the second leg."
Pahang themselves have had a storming
Malaysia Cup campaign, and Junior even pin-pointed several names that
must be kept at bay, in order to defeat them in the semis.
have a very strong team, especially Gopinathan on the flanks. And they
put in a lot of balls into the box as well, and Matias Conti is an
incredible finisher as well."
Sarawak finished the Premier League
season being unbeaten throughout the campaign, and they have also
scored 15 goals at home in four Malaysia Cup matches thus far. Their
performances in Kuching have been scintillating and Junior was quick to
credit the massive home support as being one of the key factors behind
their top showings.
"Yes, we do have an incredible record at home
and it's because our fans have been thoroughly amazing. Its always
difficult for any team to travel and play us at home. But at the same
time, we are always hungry to score and not concede; which plays a big
part in our form."