Armed Forces skipper Hairuddin Omar to delay his knee op to help the team survive Super League fight
PETALING JAYA: Skipper Hairuddin Omar has decided to postpone his knee operation in his bid to help Super League side Armed Forces escape relegation.
Hairuddin has been down with a knee injury for two months. He returned to action in Forces’ 2-2 draw with Pahang on Tuesday.
“I missed eight matches because of the injury. I need to play to help the team beat the drop. We are desperate for points and the last four matches are crucial in our survival hopes,” said Hairuddin.
The Gladiators are languishing second last in the 12-team league with four more matches to play. They have only 16 points after 18 matches.
Besides Forces, the other teams fighting the drop are Perak (19 points), T-Team (19) and PKNS FC (14).
To make matters worst, Forces’ remaining fixtures are tough as they have to play the league’s top three teams – Selangor, Johor Darul Ta’zim, Terengganu – as well as seventh-placed Sime Darby FC.
“We have a mountain to climb becuase the top three teams are fighting for the Super League title,” said Hairuddin.
Forces will take on leaders Selangor at the Shah Alam Stadium on Friday.
Forces coach. B. Sathianathan said they need two wins and a draw to avoid relegation to the Premier League.
“It is a tall order as we will be without several key players (defenders K. Reuben, Amiridzwan Taj Tajuddin, Irwan Fadly Idrus),” lamented the former national coach.
The consolation for Forces is that Selangor will be without ace Brazilian striker Paulo Rangel, who picked up a red card in the Red Giants’ 4 -1 win over Terengganu on Tuesday.