PETALING JAYA: The odds may be stacked against Police, but one player believes the points deduction they faced will, in fact, fuel their desire to succeed in the Super League.
Goalkeeper Bryan See said the boys are hungry to keep the team in the top tier despite the three-point deduction from the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) for failure to settle the wages owed to players from last season when they were in the Premier League.
Being one of eight professionals in the team, the former PKNP player believes that under coach Ishak Kunju Mohamed, the team are headed in the right direction.
“Pre-season training has been good, of course. The team look better, and we can see that everyone is putting in a lot of effort before the season opener, ” said the 26-year-old, who played for the collegiate teams of the University of California, Irvine and Johns Hopkins University for four years.
“The players are getting used to the demands of the coaches, and that bodes well for the team. The coach wants us to play the modern game, which I really like.
“He is a great coach who cares about his players. We are always at ease with him, because he can share advice and opinions, which is good.
“Everybody loves a challenge here, and the points deduction is additional fuel for us. It gives us the hunger to do our best in every match.
“My hope right now is for the players not to be too bothered about it, ” said the civil engineering graduate.
For Bryan, this season will be a little different as he will have a new centreback partnership in front of him. Last season, it was Argzem Redzovic and Azmizi Azmi, but this time, he will have two Turkmenistan internationals – Serdar Geldiyev and Shohrat Soyunov - to work with in defence.
There were fears that there would be communication problems as the two are playing outside their country for the first time, but Bryan dispelled it.
“Serdar speaks English, while Shohrat speaks zero English. I always communicate with Serdar, and he translates it to Shohrat.
“Both of them are international teammates, so they know how to complement each other. They understand each player in the team and they are getting used to Malaysian football.
“During the pre-season, they have looked good, and for me, they are good additions to the team.”
For Bryan, playing with police officers is no different from playing with professionals because some of them have played professional football in the past.
“I think it is good. All these police officers were former pros. Right now, we are like a close family.
“I want to help Police stay in the league and give my best every single match day. Given the budget that we have, staying in the top league would be a significant achievement.
“Also, if I perform well, I hope to catch the attention of the national coach (Tan Cheng Hoe).”
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