Penang's new recruit Luiz Dos Santos of Brazil (right) being briefed by the team's fitness coach during training on Thursday. - RONNIE OH/ The Star
GEORGE TOWN: High-riding Penang Panthers will not unleash their new Brazilian striker Luiz Dos Santos for the opening Premier League second round match against Johor Darul Ta’zim II (JDT II) at the Pasir Gudang Stadium in Johor Baru on Friday night.
Penang team manager Mohd Azizudin Mohd Shariff said they have decided not to change the winning team. Penang beat JDT II 4-1 in their last match of the first round last Friday.
“I cannot deny that everyone is looking forward to seeing Dos Santos in action in tomorrow’s game,” said Mohd Azizudin on Thursday.
“However, we feel he needs more time to get acclimatised to our humid weather conditions. Moreover, JDT II are expected to be a mean opposition when playing at home.”
Penang coach K. Devan is expected to include striker Buengo Titi of Angola in the starting line-up.
The burly Angolan is Penang’s under-performing foreign signing compared to South Korean midfielders Lee Gil-hoon and Lee Kwang-hyeon and Brazilian ace Hilton Moreira.
But Titi came good against JDT II by scoring a brace in the 4-1 victory at home and it has prompted Devan to start with him again.
Penang are going great guns in their bid to return to top flight football next season. They are well on course, having garnered 26 points to stay second behind league leaders Police by three points.