PETALING JAYA: PKNP coach Abu Bakar Fadzim did not mince his words when he said his foreign players were not cut out for the Malaysian league.
PKNP were relegated to the Premier League after Petaling Jaya City’s Washington Brandao scored in their 1-0 loss on Sunday. They finished the season 11th with 16 points.
The former Perak coach said he was disappointed with the contribution of his foreigners throughout the season and added that he was fooled by the promises made by their agents.
“So many things went wrong this year. We were not consistent, there was no balance in defence and attack. We thought the imports would steady the ship but they were a big letdown,” said the 47-year-old coach.
“In the first half of the Super League, we had Yashir (Pinto), Siyovush (Asrorov), Thomas (Abbey), Kalidou (Coulibaly), Giancarlo (Rodrigues) and Amani (Aguinaldo). We released Kalidou before the first transfer window because he wasn’t good enough.
“Then we signed Pedro (Victor), Ramon (Silva) to replace Siyovush and Thomas in the second transfer window. Thomas’ injury was a blow because he always gave his 100%, but we had to release him as we needed another foreigner to help with our relegation fight.
“But their contributions were limited. Yashir, Pedro, Ramon and Amani were of no help to us at all.
“Look at PJ City, they have a killer striker in Washington.
“Even their local players could contain our foreigners. Our foreigners surrendered easily. Their agents told me they could do wonders.”
Abu Bakar further added that another reason for their dismal show was the lack of budget.
And things could get worse for the Manjung-based club.
The management had issued an ultimatum that the team would be dissolved if they are relegated.
“I don’t know what the future holds for me and the players. All of us signed a one-year contract and it ends in December. We have to concentrate on the Malaysia Cup and try to salvage something. Maybe it will help change their mind.”