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by rizal abdullah
JOHOR BARU: Last Saturday, a 10-man Selangor side held off a strong challenge from Johor FC for a 1-1 draw which was enough for them to keep their unbeaten record and place at the top of Group A in the Malaysia Cup competition.
And for the second time in five days, the two teams square up again tonight this time in a battle for points in the 13-team Super League.
Selangor will not have the services of defender Mohd Zaiza Zainal Abidin, who was red-carded in the Malaysia Cup match.
But coach Dollah Salleh is not too worried over the absence of Zaiza, who is the son of former international Zainal Abidin Hassan. National Under-21 (pre-Olympic) squads Abdul Ghani Abdul Rahman has recovered from a groin injury and will return to the team.
Dollah will also have the services of two other national Under-21 players winger Amirul Zainal and midfielder Shafiq Rahman.
I have more options now. But I have not decided on the team yet. I will only decide on the first 11 just before the match, said Dollah, who has called on his players to emulate their performances in the Malaysia Cup to rake in points in the league.
But Dollahs counterpart from Johor FC, Ramlan Rashid, is caught in a bind and as he cant decide whether to rest international midfielder Eddy Helmi Abdul Manan and Syaiful Sabtu.
Both are down with fatigue. With matches being played in mid-week and weekends, they simply have had too much football. This can be seen in their game, said Ramlan.
We may start them from the bench and see how things go. I have worked on a few strategies but I will wait and see before I decide on the team.
Johor FC have off-loaded Nigerian Abdul Sule and are eyeing former South African World Cupper Macdonald Mukasi or Brazilian Leonardo Dias Da Silva.
The club have two foreigners Argentine striker Walter Ariel Silva and Thai defender Promrut Choketawee.
In the league, Selangor are in eighth place on 12 points while Johor FC are 10th on nine points.
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