Perak released Martin Kafando (left) on Sunday after finding out he would be ruled out for the rest of the season with a nerve injury. – Bernama Photo
GEORGE TOWN: Super League basement side Perak are hoping to resolve their import woes soon in order to get their campaign back on track.
On Sunday, Perak released defender Martin Kafando after discovering that he will be ruled out for the rest of the season with a nerve injury.
Kafando only lasted 70 minutes during the 0-2 defeat to league leaders Pahang in Kuantan last Saturday.
The Burkina Faso defender is the third foreign player to be released by Perak this season, after strikers Zelimir Terkes (Bosnia) and Eliel Guardiano (Brazil) had their contracts terminated earlier because of poor performances.
Perak’s attempt to fill the void upfront with South Korean forward Kim Young-kwang, who featured for Indonesian club Persiba Balikpapan in 2013, hit a snag two weeks ago due to registration issues.
The silver state’s urgency in seeking new import strikers is understandable as they have only scored five goals in 10 matches, the worst scoring record in the Super League. Perak are currently placing their faith in Shahrizal Saad and President Cuppers Khairul Asyraf Shizah and G. Mugenthiran to get the goals, but the plan is not working.
“Our problem right now is finding goals. We are on the lookout for two foreign strikers to help us get off the bottom,” said Perak coach Abu Bakar Fadzim on Monday.
“Among the foreign strikers who came to Ipoh for tryouts, a Lebanese and a Brazilian were impressive. Nothing has been confirmed yet, but I am hopeful that we can wrap up the negotiations and paperwork in time to face Selangor (on Saturday).
“Martin’s injury is another big blow to Perak. We have to start searching for a foreign defender as soon as we complete the strikers’ signings. There is a lot of work to be done around here and the league is also going on right now.”
At present, Myanmar midfielder Kyaw Zayar Win is the only foreign player on Perak’s books.
Featuring a youthful team comprising mostly of past and present players from the state’s President’s Cup squad, Perak have had a nightmare start in the Super League.
They are rooted to the bottom of the 12-team standings with eight points after registering just two victories in 10 matches.
“The situation looks gloomy now but we are not that far away from safety. As shown against Pahang, my young players are capable of putting on a good show and taking the fight to teams with established names.
“I am confident that Perak will pull away to safety when the new import strikers start to deliver the goals.”