PETALING JAYA: Premier League champions Sabah are planning to play against Indonesian clubs to beef up their pre-season training.
The Rhinos are currently in the Philippines as part of their early pre-season training and will take on Stallion Laguna in a friendly at the Binan Stadium in Laguna tomorrow.The East Malaysians don’t have the luxury of playing quality friendly matches in Kota Kinabalu and it has forced their coach Kurniawan Dwi Yulianto to look for opponents from neighbouring countries.
Kurniawan said they were discussing with Indonesian heavyweights Persebaya and Madura United to play in the first week of February.
“Playing against Indonesian clubs, where the fans flock to the stadium for every match, will be a good test for our players. I want to see how our players cope with pressure, ” said Kurniawan.
“The friendlies will be an ideal platform to see how the players have adapted to the new playing system in training.”
Meanwhile, Kurniawan said that he was on the hunt for a foreign midfielder after securing the services of Hector Ramos from Puerto Rico. The 29-year-old had previously featured for Sabah in 2018, scoring 20 goals in 18 appearances.
Sabah’s other imports are Thai-German winger Dennis Buschening, Serbian forward Rodoljub Paunovic and South Korean defender Park Tae-soo.
“We are looking for a box-to-box midfielder, there are a few recommendations but I want to be careful... we don’t want to hire players just based on video footage sent by the agents, ” said the 43-year-old.
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