Elavarasan bent on plugging PKNS’ leaky defence

PETALING JAYA: PKNS coach E. Elavarasan intends to shore up his leaky defence when the Super League resumes on July 1.

The club side are ninth in the 12-team standings with 11 points – 19 points adrift of leaders Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) – after 13 matches.

PKNS are the fifth highest-scoring team in the league with 22 goals, but with the third worst-defensive record after conceding a whopping 26 goals.

The Red Ants have released six players – defenders Sabre Mat Abu, Arip Amiruddin, Gonzalo Soto (Argentina); and midfielders S. Sivanesan, Matias Jadue (Palestine) and Lucas Espindola (Argentina).

They have signed five players – goalkeeper Tauffiq Ar Rasyid Johar; defender Abdou Jammeh (Gambia); and midfielders Fabio Ferreira (Portugal), Pak Kwang-il (South Korea) and Khairu Azrin Khazali.

Elavarasan is confident that his side will perform better with the new signings when the season resumes after Hari Raya Aidil Fitri break.

“We are looking at improving as a team and have signed players we believe can improve our performance as a unit,” said Elavarasan yesterday.

“All the teams have strengthened their squads in the second transfer window.

So, the second half of the season will be tougher but, with an injury-free squad, we will improve our league position.

“We’ve had no problems scoring and Ferreira will be tasked with supporting Safee (Sali) and Patrick (Wleh) up front.

“Our biggest problem is at the back, so I hope Jammeh will help plug the hole in our defence.”