PETALING JAYA: Petaling Jaya City showed they are bent on staying in the Super League after signing up two imports with credentials.
They have hired Guinean international striker Demba Camara, 26, and South Korean defender Kim Bong-jin, 29, to add depth in the team. They have one more Asean quota to fill up to complete their cast.
Club’s coach K. Devan said Bong-jin has played for various clubs in Asia while Camara has been a regular with multiple European clubs since 2013.
“Kim last played in the Vietnamese league with Hoang Anh Gia Lai. His other stints were with Hong Kong’s Kitchee and Korean League clubs – Incheon United and Gyeongnam FC, ” said Devan.
“He will stabilise our defensive department, and his versatility will also be an asset. He can play as a centreback and defensive midfielder.
“As for Camara, he is a typical number nine who can hold the ball and has got good height (1.86m). Also, he can surprise defenders with his pace and direct plays.
“The Guinean has played in the Turkish and Cyprus leagues. He has the quality and will surely form a good partnership with Washington Brandao (Brazilian import).”
Devan said he would be able to finalise the squad by next week.
“We have identified an Indonesian, who has a Dutch passport and also a Filipino with Brtish roots, ” he said.
Devan said the squad this season were better equipped than last season, as the team have also signed several experienced and talented young players like midfielders K. Gurusamy and D. Christie Jayaseelan, defenders Mohd Amer Saidin and Mohd Syazwan Zaipol Bahari, striker R. Kogileswaran and goalkeeper Damien Lim.
With three weeks left before their season-opener against Felda United at the Tun Abdul Razak Stadium in Jengka, Pahang on March 1, he said the team were getting in shape.
“Now, we are in the process of team building – tactically and psychologically, ” he said.
“I hope the players will work together as one team before the league starts. Overall, we are in the right direction. I can see the players’ desire and spirit.
“This season, we have depth. We have two players in each position, so I don’t need to worry about losing a player to injuries.”
The team finished eighth with 26 points in last season’s Super League.