City Boys to men — expect a gutsier KL after maiden win


  • Football
  • Saturday, 13 Apr 2019

More to come: Irfan Zakaria (left) is confident that Kuala Lumpur will get more wins after tasting their first Super League victory over Kedah last week.

PETALING JAYA: Kuala Lumpur’s first three-point success in the Super League has certainly galvanised the mood in the squad.

After losing their first six matches in the league, the City Boys ended their luckless run by beating Kedah 2-1 at home last week and the players are looking forward to more wins.

Centreback Irfan Zakaria likes the new-found confidence in the team following their maiden win.

“The win is a much-needed booster for us. It has taught us to be more responsible, and now the players won’t give up easily,” said the 23-year-old.

“Even in training, the energy levels have changed. Our mental strength has improved too.”

The City Boys will be travelling to Jengka, Pahang, to face Felda United today at the Tun Abdul Razak Stadium.

Playing on an artificial pitch can be cumbersome to some but the KL players have been training at the KLFA Football Centre in Desa Melawati for the past one week.

“It’s not a problem for us because most of us have played on that type of pitch before. All we want to do right now is to get a few wins on the trot,” he said.

“Preparation has been going well, and there are no injuries. We’ll be missing Paulo Josue and Zhafri Yahaya in the middle due to suspension.

“Felda have lots of good youngsters and they’re eager to prove their worth. We have to be on our toes against them.”

Irfan said the presence of new coach Chong Yee Fatt has helped steady the team.

“He has been with us for two seasons and last season, he helped us beat the drop. He’s experienced and always emphasises on mental strength,” he said.

“He taught us to believe in ourselves even when the odds are stacked against us.”


   

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