After poor start, Negri ready for anything

PETALING JAYA: After a disastrous start to the M-League season, Negri Sembilan coach Sazali Saidun knows he has to start from scratch.

And he has no problem if that means the current season is scrapped and everything starts anew next year.

The Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) and the Malaysian Football League (MFL) are expected to meet the Health Ministry and the National Security Council (NSC) this week to decide on the fate of the M-League which has been suspended from March 16.

The early signs are not optimistic and the government has announced there would be no exemptions for football.

Sazali said he was ready to accept whatever decision taken by the authorities.

“Negri as a partner in the MFL will accept whatever the decision... if the M-League is allowed to continue, it shows the importance of the football industry.

“If it’s cancelled, we have to accept that it’s due to safety and health reasons, ” said Sazali.

“The Covid-19 cases have been dropping and some places have been declared green zones and I hope this factor is taken into consideration. I think the challenge is in travelling to away matches once the MCO is lifted. A new standard operating procedure (SOP) will be needed.”

Sazali admitted that the MCO had given his team a much-needed break after a disastrous start where the Deer have only one win from their four matches and are placed 10th in the 12-team second-tier Premier League.

“The break has given us a short respite to fix and re-strategise when the season restarts. I have been using the MCO period to study the team’s weaknesses – our main problem since the season started is our defence.

“The players have been committing silly mistakes and failed to defend well, ” said Sazali.

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