PETALING JAYA: The Police side, with no stars and only some talented policemen in their side, were looking at an uphill battle in the Super League this season.
It just got harder now. And coach Ishak Kunju Mohamed, facing one blow after another, is resigned to the fact that there is nothing he can do about it except go out and try to keep his side in the big league.
The Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) have slapped Police with a three-point penalty after they failed to settle the wages owed to players when they were in the Premier League last season.
The Cops are facing a further six-point deduction if they fail to settle the arrears by Feb 28.
Ishak had already lost midfield dynamo S. Veenod who joined Premier League side Sarawak United after receiving a better offer, and the docking of points has made his task monumental.
Ishak had targeted to collect 22 points from 22 matches to escape relegation but said he has to recalculate.
“We can’t do much about the docked points. I can only hope the management can resolve the issue with the players from last season, ” said Ishak.
“Our task got tougher as we have to start the season with a deficit of points. I need to keep the players motivated... I told them that they need to work harder so we will be able to make up for the lost points.
“We came up with plans to get 22 points but now we need to raise our targets.
“We need to win matches that we targeted to draw and at least draw matches which we expected to lose.”
The men in blue, facing a major budget cut despite gaining promotion to the Super League for the 2020 season, are relying on players from the police force and only a handful of professionals.
Ishak said he was still looking for players to strengthen the team but within their tight budget.
“We can’t afford big salaries but Police offer a chance for players to play in the top flight, ” he said. “We hope this will entice players to join us.”
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