PETALING JAYA: Stop looking at my age and start looking at my performance!
Selangor’s attacking midfielder Sandro Mendonca is 35 years old now, but is proving age is no barrier to greatness with two goals in five Super League games.
“I’ve always been asked about my age. In Brazil, people do not see the age of professional football players,” said the former Kedah player.
“They only care about the number of goals, games and minutes played. It’s the performance that matters.
“Age is just a number. In fact, some of the young players who play in the league, are not in the same level as I am.
“I can still perform. I feel good, and I am getting good minutes under my belt.
Sandro has impressed with his darting runs, defence splitting passes and dangerous set-piece deliveries.
Against Perak in their recent Super League match, the former Turkish club Genclerbirligi striker thumped in a beautiful free-kick from 25m to net the equaliser.
Selangor have steered their ship back on even keel after a slow start in the league and are looking at sailing on the crest of the wave to get a positive result when they face Felda United in the FA Cup third round at the Shah Alam Stadium tonight.
Sandro believes that with the team’s spirited performances in recent weeks, they have what it takes to win.
“The team are beginning to gel, and as one of the new players, I have understood the team’s philosophy and style,” he said.
“We are working hard to make sure we get at least one trophy this season. The FA Cup is certainly one of the targets.”
Meanwhile, head coach B. Sathianathan said it would be a folly to underestimate Felda United.
“Felda are still strong even though they have off-field issues. They are always spirited when they play Selangor,” said Sathianathan, who will not have regulars Endrick Santos, Rufino Segovia and Taylor Regan.
“I’ll bank on my reserves. I’ve many players who want to prove themselves and I’m hoping they’ll bring out their best against Felda.”