Home > Sport > Football
Friday May 2, 2014 MYT 5:25:00 PM
Friday May 2, 2014 MYT 9:46:04 PM
by k. rajan
PETALING JAYA: Sime Darby coach Ismail Zakaria believes that four wins from their final eight fixtures will keep his team in the Super League.
The Super League debutants have defied the odds to be in eighth spot with 19 points in the 12-team Super League after playing 14 matches. They are just nine points behind leaders Pahang, who have 28 points.
Although Sime Darby are seven points ahead of 11th-placed Armed Forces and nine in front of last-placed Perak, Ismail reckons that more hard work is needed to ensure Super League survival.
Ismail said that the final stage of the league will be harder because “the bottom teams will be fighting to get out of the drop zone while the higher-placed teams will be battling to capture the Super League crown”.
“Our main target in our debut season is to avoid relegation ... I think four more wins will set us on the right path,” said Ismail on Friday.
“I expect a tougher time when the league resumes next week. Almost all the other teams have made changes to their squads during the second transfer window and everyone is just much more desperate now.”
Ismail, whose team played several friendlies to maintain match fitness, revealed that his men will be playing for their future in the next eight league matches.
“The players are well aware that if they under-perform, they will not be retained for next season. Everyone is showing good commitment and that’s a positive sign,” he said.
Tags / Keywords:
football, Super League, Sime Darby, Ismail Zakaria
Will we learn from FIFA’s deterrent action?
Pahang team back to training early to fix defensive kinks
No sweep by Malaysian lawn bowlers in Asia Pacific meet
Haze or not, LPGA Malaysia will tee off
On-song Lydia could regain top spot with LPGA Malaysia win
Van Persie predicts Turkey slip up as Dutch chase playoffs
FIFA's Blatter says Swiss investigation is 'outrageous' - Bunte
Klopp in the Kop - German due to land in Anfield on Thursday
Presidential candidate Chung says FIFA should still run football
Leftback Nazirul wants to keep place in national team
We won't freeze in awe of City says Glabdach coach Schubert
Utar holds course to update traditional Chinese medicine practitioners
A ping pong robot and a mirror that 'doesn't lie' unveiled in Japan
Ruling on transatlantic data transfers puts US tech firms in rough water
Copyright © 1995-2015 Star Media Group Berhad (ROC 10894D)(Formerly known as Star Publications (Malaysia) Berhad)