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    Perak to sign 2nd Myanmese

    With Kyaw Zayar Win already signed earlier, it is believed that Kyaw Ko Ko from Yangon United is also on the radar of the Silvers as the team looks to replace the foreign strikers they have.

    He is believed to be vying to sign for the team against the likes of Nathan Ellington.

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    Old problems resurface for LionsXII

    The three points were very much there for the taking, especially after a dominant display in the first 45 minutes. However the LionsXII contrived to throw it all away with two silly errors after the break. Defending for those two conceded goals will have to be described as shambolic, at the very least. Considering that these were players who had experience playing in international competitions like the AFF Suzuki Cup and the Southeast Asian Games together, there was little excuse for such defensive clangers on the night.

    Three players were involved in the build-up to the Kelantan equalizer – left-back Shakir Hamzah and centre back Safuwan Baharudin were racing back, while goalkeeper Izwan Mahbud came rushing off his line. Considering the numbers they had back there, it should have been adequate to cope with Ahmad Fakri's late run to chase down that innocuous long ball. However, there was little communication between the trio during that situation. Perhaps one should have called out to the other to clear the danger and that goal could have been averted. It came down to who wanted it the most in the end, as Fakri bursts past the two defenders and clipped the ball beyond Izwan.

    Isa Halim was the unlikely culprit as the second goal arrived in injury time. One of the team's most experienced players, the LionsXII skipper was at fault as he failed to play to the whistle. As another harmless-looking long ball came looping overhead, the 27-year-old simply stopped running while raising his right hand to appeal for an offside call that never came. Francis Forkey Doe played on, got past Izwan and slotted home gleefully into an empty net for the winner – the second time in 3 years that he had inflicted a home defeat for the LionsXII.

    Whatever has been said about those mistakes though, things could and should have been very different if they had taken those chances created in the first half.

    At the risk of starting to sound like a broken record, this has been a perennial problem for Fandi Ahmad’s side. It started as early as the season opener away against Pahang FA, it happened again in the 2-1 FA Cup second-round defeat to the same opposition, we saw that in that uninspiring stalemate against Terengganu FA in the last home game. LionsXII were wasteful in those games, and were one again profligate in front of goal on Saturday night. Fans who were in full voice for much of the match were left wondering how their team had managed to throw the game away after such an impressive first half.
    Read more here.

    http://www.fourfourtwo.com/sg/featur...rface-lionsxii

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    Fandi wants team to focus on defence

    He has always preached attacking football, wanting his players to express themselves and try to entertain the fans.

    But, after a series of defensive lapses, LionsXII coach Fandi Ahmad has admitted it's time to pay more attention to his defence if they are to meet their target of a top-three finish in this year's Malaysian Super League (MSL).

    While the champions have thrilled fans with their high-tempo play and adventurous football, they have also frustrated with their propensity to concede sloppy goals (see sidebar).

    The latest incidents occurred on Saturday, when Kelantan fought back to post a 2-1 win at the Jalan Besar Stadium.

    Instead of moving up the standings and battling for top spot, the defeat saw the LionsXII fall into the bottom half of the MSL table.

    Speaking to The New Paper on the sidelines of the team's training session on Monday at Jalan Besar, Fandi said: "We have to respond and rectify our problems in defence. We need to tighten up.

    "It's not that our defenders are not good, or that they are complacent.

    "It's a matter of concentration and communication, and we will work on these during training to make sure everyone understands his duties."
    http://news.asiaone.com/news/sports/msl-case-defence

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    28-day layoff from competitive football - "better" than Sleague

    Terengganu look lethargic after 28-day layoff from competitive football.

    Terengganu head coach Abdul Rahman Ibrahim said it will be a huge test for his men to regain their form when they host fancied Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) in their Super League match at the Sultan Ismail Stadium in Kuala Terengganu on Saturday.

    “I am worried the long break would have broken our rhythm. The players look rusty and may have lost their competitive edge,” said a concerned Abdul Rahman on Wednesday.

    http://www.thestar.com.my/Sport/Foot...er-long-break/

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    Clubs face possible punishment for failing to control their fans

    Pahang, JDT, Perak, Sarawak are among the six teams which are facing possible punishment from FAM for their fans misbehaving during M-League matches.

    "Some let off flares and sang derogatory songs, insulting FAM and other parties. Pahang face the most charges. We will listen to their arguments before deciding whether the concerned teams should be punished," said Taufek yesterday.
    http://www.nst.com.my/sports/soccer/...-dock-1.510198

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    Ryan Griffith signed

    Ryan is believed to have signed a 2 years contract with the team after leaving his "nursing" club, Adelaide United.

    http://sarawakcrocs.com/ryan-griffit...-with-sarawak/

    This is confirmed by Adelaide United in their FB page

    http://sarawakcrocs.com/adelaide-uni...re-to-sarawak/

    Question now arises on whether he is carrying any injury and how this will impact Sarawak overall performance.

    http://sarawakcrocs.com/is-ryan-grif...rawak-injured/


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    Quote Originally Posted by iansee View Post
    Clubs face possible punishment for failing to control their fans

    Pahang, JDT, Perak, Sarawak are among the six teams which are facing possible punishment from FAM for their fans misbehaving during M-League matches.



    http://www.nst.com.my/sports/soccer/...-dock-1.510198
    Teams only get fine.......

    Unruly fans have cost three state FAs and a club side a total fine of RM75,000.

    The FA of Malaysia (FAM) disciplinary committee chairman Datuk Taufek Abdul Razak said most of the cases were due to fans letting off flares and smoke bombs at home matches.

    “We have issued the minimum fine of RM5,000 on these teams and warned them that they would face a stiffer penalty next time, with the maximum fine of RM100,000,” said Taufek at a press conference at Wisma FAM in Kelana Jaya on Thursday.

    http://www.thestar.com.my/Sport/Foot...rity-troubles/

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    B. Sathianathan wants ATM to stand up and be counted

    Armed Forces coach B. Sathianathan is demanding a swift reaction from his players when they take on Selangor in a Super League match at the Selayang Stadium on Saturday night.

    Forces lost 4-1 to Pahang last week – their heaviest defeat since being promoted to the Super League in 2013. That was their third league defeat in six matches, leaving them with seven points.

    Injuries to striker Marlon James (ankle) and defender K. Reuben (anterior cruciate ligament), coupled with the poor form of first choice goalkeeper Syed Adney Syed Hussein, have left Sathia ruing his luck.

    The former national team coach confirmed that third choice goalkeeper Mohd Hafizuddin Azuhar would start against Selangor ahead of second choice Iqbal Mohd Suhaimi following his horror show in Kuantan.

    http://www.thestar.com.my/Sport/Foot...coach-demands/

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    Safuwan to start upfront

    He admits that it’s a huge gamble. But now that the chips are down, LionsXII coach Fandi Ahmad will throw his wildcard Safuwan Baharudin up front just behind striker Khairul Amri, as he aims to strike the jackpot and win all three points against Sarawak at the Stadium Negeri in Kuching tonight.

    “If you don’t try, you’ll never know,” Fandi, 51, told The New Paper yesterday.

    “Safuwan may be a defender but he can hold the ball well and create attacking moves. We need more of these qualities in the attacking third. Most importantly, he can score goals, too.

    “He will likely play in an advanced position behind Amri."

    Although Safuwan hasn’t scored this season, he is the LionsXII’s joint-third topscorer of all time with seven league goals in the last two terms, level with Hariss Harun, and behind Shahril Ishak (18) and Shahdan Sulaiman (eight).

    http://www.tnp.sg/msiacup/content/safuwan-striker

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    Alberts expect fired-up LionsXII

    As far as the 2014 Malaysian Super League (MSL) season goes, whatever the LionsXII have dished out on the pitch thus far does not surprise Robert Alberts.

    The Sarawak coach feels the LionsXII’s position on the MSL table right now — seventh — is a fair reflection of the Singapore outfit: Hard to beat, a little inconsistent at times and lacking someone with a clinical finish.

    “I have always said that the LionsXII are a good side,” said the 59-year-old Dutchman in Kuching yesterday ahead of tomorrow’s Sarawak versus LionsXII MSL game.

    “Never underestimate them and all the talk that they are in the M-League for developmental purposes is not right.

    “They are not a developmental side. They are the best of Singapore talent. With six or seven current internationals in the team, how can you say that they are doing development work?” As far as Alberts can see, the LionsXII are “giving every team in the M-League, week in week out, a run for their money”.
    http://www.todayonline.com/sports/fo...fired-lionsxii

 

 

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