KL, Felda and PKNP in dire straits as Super League reaches tail end

  • Football
  • Monday, 15 Jul 2019

PETALING JAYA: The Super League relegation scrap among Kuala Lumpur, Felda United and PKNP is set to go down to the wire.

Kuala Lumpur are likely to face the drop after they were thrashed 4-0 by newly crowned league champions Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) at the Cheras Football Stadium on Saturday.

JDT scored through Diogo Santo (28th, 70th), Gonzalo Cabrera (15th) and Nazmi Faiz Mansor (61st).

The City Boys remained bottom with 14 points from 21 games and must win their last match against Perak in Ipoh and hope PKNP or Felda slip up in their matches.

Felda, who are 11th, are another team in danger of being demoted as they have two tough matches – against second-placed Pahang and third-placed Kedah.

Tenth placed PKNP have a better chance of survival as they face ninth placed Petaling Jaya City in their final match.

Kuala Lumpur’s interim coach Roslee Md Derus said they are not throwing in the towel.

“It looks like we are in a bad position but we will fight to the end. The draw between Felda and PKNP gives us some glimmer of hope,” he said.

“We must win in Ipoh. I know we have to rely on other results, but I just hope luck will be on our side.”

At the Manjung Municipal Council Stadium, Felda took the lead through S. Chanturu in the 53rd minute before PKNP equalised late in the match through Palestine international Yashir Pinto in the 81st minute.

Felda coach Nidzam Jamil said it was a fair result as both sides wanted a win to stand a better chance of surviving the drop.

“Our advantage is that we have two games left. However, we are facing Pahang and Kedah and both are very tough opponents.

“Pahang need a win to secure second place while Kedah, I’m not sure if they will field their best side as they will play in the FA Cup final on July 27.

“We need at least three points from these matches because I don’t know what would happen between PJ City and PKNP.”

PKNP coach Abu Bakar Fadzim said the other results on the last day will decide their fate.

“Petaling Jaya City and PKNS have survived with 20 points. If we win against PJ City we have 19, but Felda have two matches in hand.

“We have made life tough for ourselves. We have to beat PJ City, no ifs or buts.”

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