The Singapore international’s advice is: “We must all be mentally and physically ready for any kind of challenge. We know it is not going to be easy, people can say whatever they want, but as a team, we have to be really strong on and off the pitch. I hope, at the end of it, nobody will be adversely affected.”
The MCO which started on March 18 and extended to April 14 forced football matches to be postponed.
And Safuwan has taken the forced layoff in his strides especially as it means there’s more time to spend with his wife and two sons, one of them a newborn.
Given the hectic football schedule before the lockdown, the 28-year-old, who joined the Red Giants from Pahang this season, admitted that the MCO had a bearing on everyone. Even in his country, a partial lockdown will start on Tuesday.
“MCO has been tough on everyone. For me, I get to spend more time at home with my kids, my wife, especially with my second son.
“He is only three months old, so I think it is the perfect time for my family to stay at home and enjoy the precious moments together, which is not easy to come by. I also celebrated my wife’s birthday yesterday,” said Safuwan.
“At the same time, I’ve been doing a lot of specialised training to keep fit. MCO is beyond our control. It will not only affect our momentum but other teams too. Hopefully, these few weeks’ break would give us time to sit down and analyse our games and ratify the mistakes.”
The lanky Safuwan, who plays the destroyer’s role in Selangor’s three-pronged midfield together with Brendan Gan and Sandro Mendonca, is adamant the team will improve after a rather poor start.
The Red Giants have collected only five points from four matches in the Super League before the MCO.
“We got a win, and two draws. It’s not our best performance yet but we definitely will improve. We have to stop conceding easy goals if we want to do well.
“Brendan, Sandro and I are getting to gel and we should do better in defence and offence when the league resumes.”
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