Football

Published: Sunday March 9, 2014 MYT 8:14:00 PM
Updated: Sunday March 9, 2014 MYT 9:57:36 PM

Sime Darby set to replace their import duds

Norshahrul Idlan Talaha scores JDT's second goal against Sime Darby on Saturday to condemn the latter to to the bottom of the Super League table. - Filepic

Norshahrul Idlan Talaha scores JDT's second goal against Sime Darby on Saturday to condemn the latter to to the bottom of the Super League table. - Filepic

PETALING JAYA: Heads are set to roll at Sime Darby FC after their fourth straight defeat in the Super League.

Sime Darby plunged to the bottom of the 12-team league after losing 2-0 to Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) at the Selayang Stadium on Saturday.

Strikers Luciano Figueroa and Norshahrul Idlan Talaha scored in the 23rd and 31st minutes respectively to give JDT all the points.

Sime Darby only have four points from a win and a draw out of six matches.

Sime Darby coach Ismail Zakaria opted not to field unfit Syrian attacking midfielder Mahmoud Amnah and under-performing Ghanaian striker Wisdom Agblexo as he was unhappy with their performances.

Amnah has only played in four matches while Agblexo only made two starts since joining the team in January.

Ismail is now looking for their replacements when the M-League second transfer window opens from March 23 to April 19.

“I’m not pushing the panic button yet ... the team are playing well. Once we get our strikers scoring, we will get back into business,” said Ismail in the post match press conference.

“Our foreign strikers have not made the impact that we wanted and it has affected our game. They were either injured or just didn’t work hard enough in training, forcing me to pick the local players over them.

“I believe the foreigners have been given enough chance to prove themselves but they have failed and it’s time for them to go. New and capable strikers will solve our problems,” added Ismail.

Commenting on the 2-0 defeat to JDT, Ismail said they were beaten by a better side and the sending off of midfielder Dilshod Sharofetdinov in the 62nd minute made it harder for them to mount a comeback.

“We tried to absorb the JDT attacks and launched quick counter-attacks but our attacks did not have a focal point and we wasted our ball possession,” said Ismail.

“We later conceded goals and I brought in another striker to get back into the game but Sharofetdinov’s sending off made it harder for us to get back into the game.”

Tags / Keywords: Sime Darby, football, Johor, Selangor, JDT, Super, League

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