Ever-ready Giants

  • Football
  • Sunday, 12 Jul 2020

Battle royal: Perak’s Kenny Palraj (right) and Selangor’s Taylor Francis George Regan tussle for the ball during their Super League match on March 7 before the Covid-19 disrupted Malaysian football schedules.

PETALING JAYA: Selangor coach B. Sathianathan heaved a sigh of relief as his wait is finally over.

On Friday, the government announced that football teams could conduct full contact training from July 15.

For three weeks before the good news, the Red Giants had been only doing non-contact training that focused mainly on endurance and fitness.

Although the fitness levels of the players are now much better, Sathia is eager to work on tactics.

“As a coach, you want real game situations. You want to work on the touches, match situations and combinations and so forth. I’m really glad that will start soon,” said the former national coach.

“I have already given the programmes to the players and they are all excited. For the past few weeks they have been waiting and praying for a decision.

“They just want things to go back to normal.

“I guess everyone just wants to have a good kickabout and score goals,” added Sathianathan.

The government has also allowed contact sports competitions to resume from Aug 15 and the Football Association of Malaysia hinted that the leagues could restart earlier.

However, the Malaysian Football League (MFL) said the league would resume in September as planned.

For Sathianathan, he is ready for any possibilities, but for now, he is preparing his team for the Sept 2 kickoff.

“If there are any changes to the fixtures, we have to revise our training programmes. But I feel that we have ample time to prepare for any date. We still can be match fit when the season starts.

“I have spoken to the MFL about friendly matches. They have informed me that they will come up with a standard operating procedure soon. We need matches to prepare for the short season.”

The season has been reduced to just seven matches which will be played in one month.

“Anything can happen in seven matches. That is why I constantly tell the boys that they have to be dedicated and disciplined in training. Every success starts from the training field.”

Selangor are currently sixth with five points and are separated by goal difference to Sabah and Felda United who are fourth and fifth respectively.

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