Akram vows to fight on despite PKNS’ uncertain future

PETALING JAYA: Midfielder Akram Mahinan (pic) doesn’t know what the future holds for his club PKNS but he will continue to fight until the end for the Red Ants.

There is talk that the club will be turned into a feeder team for Selangor.

With the season yet to end, Akram wants to help PKNS pull off a miracle in the Malaysia Cup.

The Klang Valley-based side will have to beat Negri Sembilan in their Group A encounter at the Shah Alam Stadium tonight and then look at a possibility of upsetting table toppers Terengganu at home on Sept 17.

“There is no ifs or buts, we need to win both matches to get into the quarter-finals, it’s a huge task, but miracles do happen in football,” said Akram.

“We’re unsure of the club’s future, the management have encouraged us to concentrate on our game as they will handle the boardroom stuff.

“It has bothered some of us, but our coach (Datuk K. Rajagopal) has told us to fight until the end. Also, this is an opportunity for me to get a call-up for national duty next month.”

Akram said the 2-3 defeat against Kedah at the Darulaman Stadium in Alor Setar on Aug 20 was a bitter pill to swallow for them, but they have to move on.

“Kedah and Terengganu are obviously the favourites to qualify from this group, but we will not give up. We have to be positive,” said Akram.

PKNS beat Negri 2-1 at the Tuanku Abdul Rahman Stadium in Paroi on Aug 7 but Akram did not want his team to take their opponents for granted – especially their nippy striker Almir Neto.

“He plays on the right but he loves to cut on the inside and attack with his left foot,” added Akram.

“He has caused lots of problems for us. We’ve to mark him tightly.”

Akram Mahinan , PKNS


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