Maldivian striker Ali Ashfaq (right) scored a hat-trick in the 7-1 thumping of basement side Perlis at the MBPJ Stadium in Kelana Jaya on Friday. - BERNAMA
PETALING JAYA: High-riding Police are firing on all cylinders!
The cops are sitting pretty at the top of the Premier League standings after four straight wins – and scoring 16 goals in the process.
They share top spot with Penang but have a game in hand.
Police head coach Dollah Salleh said the team played to their true form in the 7-1 thumping of basement side Perlis at the MBPJ Stadium in Kelana Jaya on Friday.
He said Maldivian striker Ali Ashfaq had an outstanding match, scoring a hat-trick and having three assists.
“Finally, I have seen the team play to their true strength and Ali (Ashfaq) has begun to live up to his status as one of the best strikers from the South Asia region,” said Dollah on Saturday.
Ali, with four goals in six matches (all competitions), has combined well with Brazilian striker Charles Chad, who converted a penalty against Perlis.
Dollah said that Ali “is turning out to be a gem of a buy” and feels that he could pose a real threat to opposing teams.
“Ali is known as the ‘man of steel’ ... he is a gifted footballer. I have not seen a classy striker like Ali for a long time. He really impressed me in the match against Perlis with his footballing qualities,” said Dollah.
Police opened their campaign with a 3-1 win over Johor Darul Ta’zim II at the Pasir Gudang Stadium before thrashing Penang 5-1 and Sabah 1-0 at home.
Dollah’s next match is the FA Cup quarter-final return-leg match against his former team Pahang at the Darul Makmur Stadium in Kuantan on Tuesday. Police did well to hold the Elephants to a 1-1 draw in the first-leg.
“We have nothing to lose and will start as underdogs,” said Dollah of his inexperienced side.
Besides Ali and Chad, the other new signing is towering defender Rafael Souza Novais of Brazil. The notable local buys are former Sarawak hotshot Bobby Gonzales, former national centre-back Mohd Muslim Ahmad and former national goalkeeper Helmi Eliza Elias.