Mat Zan to ring Terengganu changes

Terengganu coach Mat Zan Mat Aris has vowed to make changes for Saturday's match against defending Malaysia Super League champions Kelantan.

Shahril Ishak and Muslim Ahmad running for the bal

The Turtles missed a golden opportunity to move to the top of the table of Wednesday when they were held to a 1-1 draw at home by PKNS FC.

And with a trip to Kelantan, who pipped Terengganu to the title last season, on Saturday, Mat Zan has is looking to make changes to avoid a repeat on Wednesday's display.

"I will make a major reshuffle for the match against Kelantan," Mat Zan told The Star. "We have to rethink our strategy as the tie against the Red Warriors will be tricky and above all, emotional.

"We employed the wrong strategy [against PKNS] by placing certain players in the wrong position."

Kelantan also failed to record a win on Wednesday after being held to a 0-0 draw by Sabah, allowing Perak to go top of the table after a 2-1 victory over Sarawak.

And Seladang coach Norizan Bakar will hope his charges are able to remain at the top of the table when they travel for a tricky tie against T-Team.

The Terengganu-based side had a flying start to the season, collecting seven points from their first nine games, but have now lost three on the trot.

Still, Perak will do well not to underestimate the threat the Young Turtles could pose.

It has been a week to forget for the LIONSXII, but they will be hoping to put their troubles aside on Saturday when they entertain Negri Sembilan.

The Malaysia Super League outfit did not have the best start to the week after it was revealed midfielder Firdaus Kasman would be suspended indefinitely after breaching the Football Association of Singapore's Code of Conduct & Professional Ethics.

According to a press release from the FAS, Firdaus is said to have broken team rules after a night out with friends on February 4 ended with the player being involved in a police investigation.

Things then went from bad to worse for the LIONSXII on Wednesday when they were held to a 1-1 draw at Selangor, and V. Sundramoorthy's men will be looking to bounce back with a win against Negri Sembilan on Saturday.

Sundramoorthy will be buoyed by captain Shahril Ishak's performance on Wednesday, with the 28-year-old finally opening his account for the season with a well-taken strike after a slow start to the campaign.

However, things will not be easy against fourth-placed Negri, who recorded a 2-1 win over T-Team on Wednesday.

With Safuwan Baharudin likely to miss Saturday's game, midfielder Hariss Harun could once again be asked to fill in at the back alongside Baihakki Khaizan, something Negri's Jean-Emmanuel Effa Owona could look to exploit.

Sabah will be looking to build on Wednesday's impressive 0-0 draw with defending champions Kelantan when they take on Kedah, while Borneo neighbours Sarawak are on the hunt of their first victory since the opening day of the season when entertain Felda United.

Basement side Kuala Lumpur are still looking for their first win of the season, but it is unlikely they will manage that against 8th-placed Johor FC, while PKNS FC, the only other side in the league without a win, face a tough test with the visit of Selangor.

Saturday's Malaysia Super League Fixtures

Kelantan vs Terengganu

T-Team vs Perak

LIONSXII vs Negri Sembilan

Kedah vs Sabah

Sarawak vs Felda United

Kuala Lumpur vs Johor FC

PKNS FC vs Selangor



comments powered by Disqus

Most Popular News

News & Update