PROTON are relying on their own talents to make an impact in the Football Association of Selangor (FAS) League.
In the past, Proton, who have been active in the FAS League for almost a decade, had hired outsiders to lead their challenge in the Super Division. However for this season, Proton had opted to stick to their employees, for their campaign in the league.
Proton assistant manager Azhar Nordin said the management felt the football team should comprise their employees.
“We have assembled a group of young players, the majority of whom are our employees, for the season. And we are looking forward to an impressive season. The players are also determined to make an impact in the league,’’ said Azhar.
Proton showed their dedication when they fought back thrice to hold Malaysia Airlines to a 3-3 draw in a Group A match at the Proton ground in Shah Alam.
Malaysia Airlines took the lead in the ninth minute when Akmal Hakim Endri scored. But Mohamad Fadhil Azmi replied for Proton in the 20th minute to make it 1-1.
Malaysia Airlines regained a 2-1 lead in the 41st minute through Mohd Asyraf M.R. Asri. After the break, Proton were even in the 60th minute from a goal by Abu Hassan Ahmad.
Malaysia Airlines were not prepared to throw in the towel and scored in the 63rd minute when Jamaludin Jali scored to make it 3-2. But once again, Abu Hassan came to Proton’s rescue with the equaliser in the 83rd minute.
The match was evenly contested but Proton had more chances. Proton striker Azman Othman missed, at least, missed two open chances.
Azhar admitted that it was a match they should have won by a convincing margin.
“Unfortunately the chances were wasted. But we are happy to collect a point from the match. We have to win our next matches to keep in touch with our rivals,’’ said Azhar.
In other Group A matches, Nilam Puri Dengkil, playing in the Super Division for the first time, went down 4-2 to TLDM at the Kajang Stadium while newly promoted Shah Alam City Council lost 5-0 to Kuala Langat District Football Association.
In Group B, former champions Sultan Sulaiman Club (KSS), who have also qualified for the semi-finals of the FA Cup, edged Smart Focus 2-1 and Anak Kalumpang upstaged Sri Remaja 4-1.
There were some high scoring matches in the Premier Division. Team Forces were in good form and destroyed Medan Harmoni 6-0 in a Group B match.
In Group C. Selangor Indian Football Association — West Country were humbled 7-2 by VIC Red Engine while Rising Star defeated Red Giants 5-2.