Kelantan coach Devan in no rush to pick his foreign legion

Former Penang player Gil-hoon (centre) is on trial with Kelantan now.

Former Penang player Gil-hoon (centre) is on trial with Kelantan now.

PETALING JAYA: The clock is ticking but Kelantan coach K. Devan is in no hurry to complete the signing of his foreign players.

Kelantan Football Association president Tan Sri Annuar Musa has given Devan a Jan 15 deadline to find the replacements for Erwin Carrillo, Austin Amutu and Gilmar. 

The Red Warriors have conducted trials for Nigerians Christopher Omoseibi and David Nworah, Canadian Tam Nsaliwa, Brazilian David Carlos and Ghanaian Paul Acquah and Aziz Yakubu but they have left Devan unimpressed.

The former Negri Sembilan coach currently have Andre Luis (Brazil), Lee Gil-hoon (South Korea), Brima Patito (Nigeria) and Marko Perovic (Serbia) on trial.

Devan added that Kelantan’s soon-to-be-confirmed friendlies with a club side from southern Thailand on Jan 13 and Kuala Lumpur on Jan 16, will give him the perfect opportunity to test the foreigners.

“We are looking to sign a defender, striker and a midfielder ... we have been testing out the foreigners since December but I’m still not satisfied with what I’ve seen,” said Devan.

“We have big ambition this season so we need players with quality, high work-rate and good team spirit ... so it’s normal to take a bit longer to find players with these qualities.

“I’m in no rush ... we do have a plan B where we have a list of proven foreign players. They were shortlisted based on their track records.”

Devan however is happy with his local signings whom he expects to play key roles in ending their two-year trophy drought.

The 2012 M-League treble winners have secured the services of Terengganu striker Abdul Manaf Mamat and former players Indra Putra Mahayuddin and Daudsu Jamaluddin.

“I’m happy with these players. I think we can challenge for titles if we get good foreigners,” said Devan.

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