PETALING JAYA: PKNS striker Kpah Sherman feels there is a stain on his Super League Golden Boot.
The Liberian international was not exactly jumping for joy when he was named as the top scorer with 14 goals.
Sherman said that he would be happier if they finished better than their ninth place and has urged his teammates to redeem themselves in the Malaysia Cup.
“As gentlemen, we have to repay the faith shown by the management and coach. We can do better than this,” said the 27-year-old.
“I’m happy to become the top scorer but it would have been better if we did well in the league. In the last few weeks, our performances have been lopsided.
“In games that we should have won, we squandered it. I can sense that some of the boys are down. We scored a lot and conceded a lot too. We will have to work on that.
“For the Malaysia Cup, only our best would do. It is time to make a statement.”
The former MIFA striker, who also scored 14 goals last season in the Premier League, achieved his feat in just 19 matches this season.
His closest rivals are Johor Darul Ta’zim’s (JDT) Diogo Santo and Selangor’s Ifedayo Olusegun who are tied second with 12 goals.
The other players to hit double digits are JDT’s Gonzalo Cabrera (11), Kedah’s Fernando Rodriguez and Melaka’s Patrick Reichelt (10).
Sherman said he knew he was in the running for the Golden Boot after he scored a brace in their 3-0 win over Petaling Jaya City on May 25.
“That was the turning point. I told myself that it was possible even though I knew there were some really good strikers in the league.
“Before the season started, I set a target of 20 goals in all competitions. I’ve achieved 14 in the Super League and two in the FA Cup. I’ve another four to go to achieve that target.
“In the league, I’ve scored against all the teams except JDT and Terengganu.
“In the Malaysia Cup, if I can help PKNS win and also score, that would be great.”