JOHOR BAHRU, 30 Sept – Malaysian Super League ‘untouchables’ Johor Darul Takzim (JDT) is on the verge of their seventh successive league title come this Friday at the Sultan Ibrahim Stadium in Iskandar Puteri in Johor Bahru.
The Southern Tigers need only a point to take the title with an unbeaten record after suffering a hiccup at the Petaling Jaya Stadium last week when they draw 2-2 against Petaling Jaya City FC.
The Johor outfit plays Sabah at home after the East Malaysian state pulled off a 3-2 win over Melaka United at the Likas Stadium in Kota Kinabalu on Sunday.
JDT fans are set to ‘celebrate’ their first title at the state of the art stadium with two matches to go before the curtailed league is completed after it was officially resumed on Aug 28.
The M-League was halted on March 16 – two days before the Federal Government implemented the Movement Control Order (MCO) due to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
The stalemate against PJ City FC has in no way dampened the spirits of the Southern Tigers – the best Malaysian football team at the moment and virtually ‘untouchables’ in the league since they first won their Super League title in 2014.
JDT has dished out a flawless brand of attacking football – taking into account the big scores against Perak (7-0) and against Selangor (6-1) although the tight schedule of matches did affect JDT just like any other teams in the M-League.
However, it has not stopped JDT from stamping its superiority as former Selangor head coach B. Satianathan summed up ‘JDT is far ahead of others (teams) in every aspect of the game in terms of management, facilities, and the team itself’ that has become the envy of their rivals.
Sabah may have beaten Melaka United at home in their last match at the Likas Stadium on Sunday but JDT has too much ‘firepower’ to brush off the challenge of the East Malaysian state at the Sultan Ibrahim Stadium.
JDT is perched on the top of the 12-team league with 23 points from nine matches with Perak in the second spot on 17 points followed by Kedah in third place with 16 points. After the win over Melaka, Sabah is ninth on nine points.

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