We’re still in the game

  • Football
  • Saturday, 11 May 2019

New boy: PKNP have signed Brazilian Pedro Victor to solve their back problems. — Picture courtesy of PKNP FC

PETALING JAYA: PKNP will again start as underdogs when they take on Perak in the FA Cup quarter-final second leg match at the Ipoh Stadium today.

Coach Abu Bakar Fadzim said Perak as hosts are the favourites to enter the last four.

He also expects the Seladang to come charging at them as they are under pressure to appease their fans, who have shown discontent over their recent performances.

In the first-leg on April 30, they were held to a goalless draw at the Manjung Municipal Council Stadium.

The former Perak player said he’s glad that PKNP are still in the game.

“We have to plan well to ensure that we get an early goal as that would put pressure on them. We want to enter our second successive semi-final,” said Abu Bakar, whose team lost to Pahang 3-2 in aggregate in the last four last year.

“Perak have signed two new strikers (Ronaldo and Careca).

“We have not seen them in action but being Brazilians they must be taken seriously.

“They rely heavily on their wingers and wingbacks.

“I have worked with some of them during my time with Perak and we know they can cause damage on their day.

“We have to be patient and make our chances count,” he said.

The Manjung-based team might just have the right player to shackle Perak’s strikers ... their own Brazilian new boy, Pedro Victor.

Abu Bakar said Pedro’s defensive qualities will be put to the test against his compatriots and hopes the 1.88m defender will come out tops.

“Together with Amani (Aguinaldo), I expect him to be in command at the back.”

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