KUANTAN: The Kuantan Football Association has received a “reasonable” allocation of RM5mil to help them achieve their target of being among the top three teams in the Premier League 2016.
Its president Zaliza Zulkipli said the team spent more than RM5mil during the whole of last season but because of the uncertain global economic situation, they wanted to spend wisely this time around without having to give up on their aim to qualify for the Super League.
“Money is not everything as even if we spent more or had more money, it will not necessarily guarantee that players will play better.
“It all depends on their teamwork and commitment.
“We know our shortcomings compared to other strong teams like Negri Sembilan and Perlis but that is on paper and we still have time to make improvements,” Zaliza said after launching the team’s new jerseys here.
Also present was the association’s deputy president Datuk Wan Solihi Wan Hassan.
Kuantan FA had maintained former Pahang player Zulhamizan Zakaria as its chief coach for the second season.
Zaliza said some 80% of the players were locals while others were foreigners who had proved their skills and commitment.
Wan Solihi said he welcomed anyone who was willing to set up the Kuantan FA fan club.
“Kuantan FA has many followers and supporters but they are not in an organised group.
“If anybody is willing to set up a club, we would be delighted so that we will have more support when we play on home ground in Stadium Darul Makmur.
“A better turnout during our games will motivate the players more,” he said.
Zulhamizan said he hoped the local players who are young and inexperienced would gain knowledge and skills from their foreign teammates.
“So far the local players have adapted well and showed good teamwork during our friendly games,” he said.
Kuantan FA’s foreign players are Ljuba Baranin from Serbia, Doa Bakary from Ivory Coast, Croatian Srdjan Vidakovic and Japanese Shunsuke Nakatake.