T-Team striker Jimmy Mulisa (left) of Rwanda must impress in the Malaysia Cup competition if he wants to remain with the team next season. - Filepic
GEORGE TOWN: Terengganu’s T-Team are giving their misfiring forward Jimmy Mulisa one last chance to fight for his future in the upcoming Malaysia Cup campaign.
The 30-year-old Rwandan international, who joined the Titans at the start of the season, was a big flop in the Super League last season.
He scored only twice as T-Team were relegated after finishing next to bottom in the 12-team top flight.
Coach Mohd Azraai Khor wants to give Mulisa the opportunity to prove that he deserves to stay on.
“He has six matches (in the Malaysia Cup preliminary round) to save his job. Mulisa was impressive and scored freely during trials with T-Team, but he has been totally ineffective after we signed him,” said Azraai yesterday.
“He needs to end his goal drought in the Malaysia Cup if he wants to stay for another season.”
The Rwandan forward is also battling a mysterious ailment which has troubled him during the team’s recent training sessions.
“Mulisa is unable to train properly and complains of giddiness. We are awaiting the results of a medical check-up. I hope it is nothing serious and he can recover in time for the start of the Malaysia Cup (on Aug 13).”
Indonesian Patrich Wanggai, who is an attacking midfielder, is the team’s main goal-getter with five league goals.
The Titans’ other foreign imports are the hardworking Brazilian midfielder Leandro Dos Santos and Australian defender Goran Subara.
Azraai, a three-time Malaysia Cup winner with Kedah (2007 and 2008) and Negri Sembilan (2011), admits that they need a miracle to qualify for the knockout phase.
The Titans only qualified for the Malaysia Cup after edging Negri Sembilan 1-0 in a playoff.
They are drawn in Group D with 32-time champions Selangor, Premier League champions Police and Sime Darby.
“I admit that T-Team face an uphill task to qualify for the quarter-finals. We will start as the underdogs because unlike the other three teams, we lack quality players, especially in attack.
“Consistency and the lack of goals have been T-Team’s biggest problems this season. If we can sort out both issues, then we stand a chance of upsetting the form book to qualify for the last eight.”