PETALING JAYA: High-riding UiTM FC know that it’s still early days in the Premier League.
Coach Raja Isa Raja Akram Shah has reminded the players not to get carried away with their two straight wins in the Premier League.
“It’s nothing to get excited about. We have bigger things to come and I have told them to take it one game at a time. I know it’s a good feeling to have won two matches in a row and to top the 12-team standings for the first time,” said Raja Isa.
The club side opened their campaign with a 4-1 thumping of Sabah last Friday before pulling off an upset 1-0 win over fancied Perlis at the Tuanku Syed Putra Stadium in Kangar on Monday.
“Everyone expected Perlis to do well because their team comprise mostly Super League players, including top foreign signings. All we have are university students and they are mostly aged below 22. We did our home work well and it was all about strategy and game plan.
“I used performance analysis to study our opponents’ strengths and weaknesses ... then we worked out how to approach each game. We have a bunch of fighters ... they have nothing to lose, but plenty to gain by playing with the foreign players,” said Raja Isa.
The club’s Uzbekistan striker Pavel Purishkin has got off to a flying start with four goals, including scoring a hat-trick in their 4-1 win over Sabah.
The other imports are striker Eliel Guardiano of Brazil, defender Kang Jin-wook of South Korea and goalkeeper Pavel Matiash of Kyrgyzstan.
Raja Isa said that the team’s first big test will be against Super League and AFC Cup winners Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) in the second round of the FA Cup at the UiTM Stadium in Shah Alam on Friday.
It will be the biggest game ever for the club founded just eight years ago.
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