Exciting end on the cards

Thailand’s Pornpawee will be a quality new inclusion for Ampang Jaya BC.

THE SS Purple League 2018/19 Final Rounds, which begin tomorrow with the six teams who have confirmed their places at the Arena of Stars, Resorts World Genting, Pahang, is heating up with teams taking advantage of the transfer window to strengthen their teams.

The transfer window which ended last week, gave teams the opportunity to refresh their squads as the teams renew their assault on the

SS Purple League Final Rounds which will be held until Jan 27.

SSPL stage one winners Ampang Jaya BC opted against any drastic changes, with their sole addition to the squad being women’s singles shuttler from Thailand, Pornpawee Chochuwong.

Ampang Jaya BC manager Ho Khek Mong said, “This is a coup for the team as we managed to bring in Pornpawee. But we are still banking on Goh Jin Wei, who showed great form at the recent Malaysian Masters.”

“But we can’t really depend on her as she will be involved in the Indo­nesian Masters. Thus we will have to be prepared for any eventuality.

“Anyhow, I am not worried as not only us, but all the other teams will be facing this challenge,” he added.

Ampang Jaya BC, which boasts an unbeaten record this season, has a star-studded line up, among them world number one from Japan Kento Momota, Lee Zii Jia, Chan Peng Soon and Brice Leverdez.

Meanwhile, Petaling BC coach Ismail Saman hopes the new arrivals will address the weakness identified by him during the SSPL stage one previously.

“Their arrivals are part of our plans to strengthen our team. This is based on the weakness that we have identified in the first round.

“What is important is that the players remain focused,” he said.  

Among the new names brought in by Petaling BC are Jan O’ Jorgensen (Denmark), Chong Wei Feng (Malaysia), Yip Pui Yin (Hong Kong), and BodinIsara (Thailand).

Defending champions Puchong United BC also added to their

firepower by bringing in new names such as Lin Guipu (China), Kim Sa Rang (Korea) and Eom Hye Won (Korea).

Runners-up Kepong BC, which are hoping to continue their giant-killing run last season, look formidable with the addition of Mads Conrad- Petersen (Denmark), Ricky Karandsuwardi and Rian Agung Saputro (Indonesia).

Two more teams, Tebrau City BC and Serdang BC, also brought in new blood with Tebrau City BC bringing in men’s singles shuttler Adulrach Numkul from Thailand while Serdang BC are continuing their bold move by blooding youngsters, bringing in Mohd SyazmilIdham Zainal Abidin to compete in the final rounds.

Tickets to watch the SSPL can be purchased at the venue and through the website https://www.purpleleague.com/

For the SSPL final rounds, tickets are sold at RM55 and RM65 for adults, and RM30 for children.

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