Prabakaran won’t let the brickbats affect his focus

  • Football
  • Sunday, 02 Feb 2020

Ready for a shot: Selangor’s K. Prabakaran in action against Bangkok United during the Asia Challenge 2020 in Shah Alam Stadium on Jan 19.

PETALING JAYA: Selangor’s defender K. Prabakaran is a player who divides opinion.

The coaches and teammates call him a player who works his socks off for the Red Giants, but fans have derided him for being slow and not doing much to the team’s attacking cause.

For any player, it can get confusing but the 28-year-old Prabakaran is taking it in his stride.

The versatile defender said he is aware of those comments but he will not let it affect his game.

“My job is to execute the instructions given by the coach. I always give my best but I know I did not meet the expectations of the fans,” said the former Sime Darby and Felda United player.

“I take the criticism positively. Last season, the team were not stable, but this time, we are more balanced.

“The club have set a target of qualifying to Asia and we have the squad capable of doing it.”

The criticisms on Prabakaran do not seem to hold water as his combination with left winger Syazwan Zainon has contributed nine assists, the most in the team.

With three assists to his name, Prabakaran, who is a natural leftback, has also been deployed as a centreback in some matches last season.

Even though he has lost some pace, the defender makes it up with his timing and interceptions.

During the Selangor Asia Challenge, he impressed with his work rate and ability to cover ground when the team were caught during counter-attacks.

“The fans will have their say. I’m not going to let it break my stride.

“The team have signed new players like Brendan (Gan) and Nicholas (Swirad), so things will definitely be better.”
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