Regan: Beat the virus, and then our rivals


  • Football
  • Thursday, 23 Apr 2020

The Wan and only: Selangor will welcome back former international Wan Zack when the season resumes.

PETALING JAYA: There may be light at the end of the movement control order (MCO) tunnel for Selangor but team skipper Taylor Regan is looking at the bigger impact of the Covid-19.

The Red Giants, who started with a win-draw-draw-loss record before the Super League’s suspension, will welcome back nippy winger Wan Zack Haikal Wan Nor and midfield dynamo S. Sarkunan when the league resumes.

The 31-year-old Regan, however, said that while the return of Wan Zack and Sarkunan was good, they would need time to re-integrate into the team.

“The MCO is not a good thing for anybody. But yes, the return of Wan Zack and Sarkunan will strengthen our squad. We are a good team, ” said the Australian centreback.

Regan is not looking at a quick return to action, either.

He stressed that the football fraternity must not rush in head-on when it comes to health and safety matter.

“Covid-19 is bigger than football, it’s about the health of the world. We want to play in full stadiums, so I pray everybody stays home for the MCO and we can be victorious against this virus, ” he said.

“For me, empty stadiums suck and football is nothing without the fans.”

Selangor did draw the fans when they beat Pahang 2-1 in their opening match but draws with Perak (1-1) and Terengganu (3-3) and defeat to Kedah (0-3) saw them facing criticism from the same fans.

However, the 33-time Malaysia Cup winners have had time to regroup during the MCO and the return of Wan Zack and Sarkunan is good news.

“We believe in our ability. We just have to stick together and repay the clubs management and coaching staff’s faith in us, ” said the Australian centreback.

“We are only human at the end of the day. When the lockdown is lifted, we will need some weeks to get back to fitness.

Talk of the M-League’s resumption has been raging on and the Malaysian Football League claimed they have several plans lined up.

Among them is a proposal that the M-League matches be played behind closed doors.

And that, says Regan, is a no-no.

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