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Wednesday January 3, 2007 MYT 12:00:00 AM
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by rizal abdullah
JOHOR BARU: There are big gaps in every departments – thanks to injuries and national duty – but second-placed Terengganu are confident of extending their unbeaten run to four matches in the Super League when they face Penang at the City Stadium tonight.
Terengganu goalkeeper Syamsuri Mustafa is with the national squad training for the Asean Footall Federation (AFF) Championship while national striker Mohd Norfarhan Mohamad, defender Mohd Shahrul Ezrain and utility man Nor Fazly Alias are all nursing long-term injuries.
Norfarhan is kayoed by a dislocated right elbow, Shahrul by a fractured finger in his left hand while Fazly is still recuperating from knee surgery.
However, coach Yunus Alif was staying cool.
For tonight’s match, Yunus will give his reserve keeper Suhardy Alby the baptism of fire in the big league.
“Suhardy may be playing his first Super League match but I have confidence in him. He served us well in the Premier League when Syamsuri was away on national duty. It will be no different this time around,” said Yunus.
Terengganu will once again look to their Brazilian connection to get things going in their favour. Defender Fabio Flor has been rock solid in the heart of defence while Helton Soares is the livewire in the engine room. Hitman Sharlei Miranda, who scored a brace against Johor FC, is an opportunistic striker.
Terengganu, on seven points, go into the fray tonight with a match in hand over leaders Perlis. The Northern Lions are on top with 10 points from three wins (Pahang 2-1), Malacca (3-0) and Malacca Telekom (1-0) and a 2-2 draw against Brunei DPMM.
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