KUCHING: Sarawak’s head coach, David Usop gave a sigh of relief with the two weeks’ rest periods before the FA Cup 2017 campaign resumes.
According to David, he will use the time available to streamline his squad.
“With this two weeks rest, this is the best chance to streamline the squad in all positions and improve their fitness level, ahead of the forthcoming quarterfinals,” said David.
Sarawak will play against Terengganu in the quarterfinals – an away match in the first leg on March 31, and home match in Kuching on April 21 in the decider.
The away encounter in the first leg would be advantageous to Sarawak. For David, another aspect is a priority of the fitness level of the players.
Should they get past the quarter-finals, Sarawak will play against the winners between Kedah and PKNP club.
Meanwhile, the other two quarter-finals are between JDT and Pahang and Sabah will take on Negeri Sembilan.
Sarawak last won the FA Cup in 1992 and have been to the final in 1996 (lost 1-0 to Kedah) and in 2000 (lost 1-0 to Selangor).
Sarawak also made it to the semifinals in 1998.
In 1992, Sarawak emerged champions after beating Kuala Lumpur 2-1 at the State Stadium in front of 20,000-odd fans.
The goals were scored by John Hunter and the late Sazali Ramli.