Felda go slow to enjoy fruits of their labour

  • Football
  • Wednesday, 29 Jan 2020

PETALING JAYA: Felda United will be taking it slow with a month remaining before the M-League officially kicks off on Feb 28.

The Super League outfit pre-season started last December and after playing a number of friendlies, including winning the Edy Rahmayadi Cup in Medan last week, the team will now be focusing on keeping the players’ injury-free.

The Fighters coach Nidzam Jamil said there was a need to avoid the players from reaching a plateau.

“For me, 10 weeks of pre-season is quite long, we need to be careful to not get players injured or over-training them. We need to monitor and control the players’ conditions closely, ” said the former international.

“We had good sessions with the team, we managed to play high-intensity friendlies besides a few test matches.

“In fact, we played eight matches in three weeks... We also managed to get the players to gel although there’s still plenty of room to improve in this department.”

“We completed our players’ signings early so it was a bit easier to execute our plans but now we need to slowly get things to be consistent.

“We will also focus on improving the player’s endurance and speed.”

The club side will be parading Gabonese striker Frederic Bulot, Japanese winger Ryutaro Megumi, Serbian defender Nikola Raspopovic, Argentinian striker Nicolas Velez and Singaporean striker Khairul Amri – for the 2020 season.

Nidzam said the newcomers to the M-League – Bulot, Megumi, and Raspopovic – will need more time to adapt but was confident that the trio’s hard work in training will pay off.

The team, he said, had learnt their lessons from last year’s relegation dogfight and aim to play better football in the 2020 season.

“We are better prepared and I want the team to play better football this time.

“Last season, we went in with a safety-first approach... I want us to be better for the new season, ” said Nidzam who guided Felda to a 10th place finish in the 12-team Super League last season.

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