JDT face congested challenge

Reigning Super League champions Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) will endure a congested schedule when the M-League restarts on Aug 22.

JDT, who lead the Super League with 10 points after four matches, however, are not expected to face a problem in retaining their seventh straight crown.

However, Benjamin Mora’s side will face a tricky situation in the Malaysia Cup (Oct 17-Nov 7) and the AFC Champions League (Oct 17- Nov 4).

The Malaysian Football League (MFL) are aware of JDT’s congested schedule and will consider it when they finalise the Malaysia Cup fixtures.

“JDT are representing the country in the AFC Champions League and that is something to be taken into consideration,” said MFL chief executive officer Datuk Ghani Hassan.

“We should support them as they are representing Malaysia in that tournament.”

JDT take on China’s Guangzhou Evergrande on Oct 17 and South Korea’s Suwon Bluewings six days later, followed by Japan’s Vissel Kobe on Oct 29.

They will end their Group G campaign against Guangzhou on Nov 1.

The remaining matches in the group stage of AFC Champions League will not be a home-and-away affair.

Matches in each group will be played at a centralised venue due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Based on MFL’s plan, the first round of the Malaysia Cup starts on Aug 17

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