Negeri Sembilan head coach Mario Lemos has sent his sincerest apologies to the fans of the club after failing to keep them in the unifi Liga Super Malaysia this season, but vows that he will do everything in his power to secure the last unifi Piala Malaysia 2018 slot.
The Portuguese became the the third head coach for Negeri Sembilan in May, after Jorg Steinebrunner and Azraai Khor Abdullah were unable to turn things around for the last-placed team in the league at that time.
The Jangs, alongside Kelantan, have been relegated to the Liga Premier Malaysia, but both teams have the chance of redeeming their season by qualifying for the prestigious unifi Piala Malaysia 2018.
"We all know how massive the (unifi) Piala Malaysia is for the teams in the country. It is everything to us. We are in a better position (than Kelantan) to qualify for the competition because we have a better goal difference," Mario said.
"Qualifying for the (unifi) Piala Malaysia will be a motivation for us and for the fans. They had a hard year and I want to give them something to cheer about if we qualify for the competition.
Mario Lemos expressed his disappointment after finding out that his club was relegated.
"Of course, I am disappointed. I came in as the third coach this season and I knew that it was going to be a tough job but I still believe that we could have stayed in the (unifi) Liga Super Malaysia.
"I am not disappointed with the players, but I am with myself. They did their best, but we were unable to get enough points to stay in the league.
"I am sorry for letting everyone down," he concluded.
Negeri Sembilan can be the final team to qualify for unifi Piala Malaysia 2018 after 15 teams have secured their place for the 92nd edition of the competition.