PETALING JAYA: It’s a mission impossible but Sarawak United coach E. Elavarasan (pic) is keeping his fingers crossed for the team to pull through.
The Kuching based team are in a pickle as their preparations for the M-League resumption on Aug 26 has been stumped as they could not conduct friendly matches due to rising Covid-19 cases.
Another woe is their Argentine ace Gabriel Guerra is still stranded in his home country due to the border closure.
Elavarasan will have to negotiate through the remaining seven matches in the Premier League and concedes he will have to find a way despite the setbacks.
“It’s an impossible task to prepare the team with the situation we are in Kuching now as we will not have friendlies due to the state government’s restrictions, ” said the 55-year-old coach.
“Anyone who comes into the state will have to be quarantined for 14 days and this makes it impossible for teams to come in to play matches.”
“We are working on solutions but it’s not ideal... by hook or by crook we need to get results once the season resumes.”
Elavarasan, who is known for whipping underdogs into title contenders, took over the team on short notice in February after Spanish coach Magro Olivera was axed following a poor preseason run.
He had previously guided several teams to promotion to the Super League – Public Bank (2003), Melaka (2008), Felda United (2010) and most recently Police last season.
Sarawak lost three matches and won one in their opening four games before the season was suspended on March 16. They are currently ninth in the 12-team Premier League table with three points from four matches.
Elavarasan said he finally had time to monitor the team properly in training and it gave the players the opportunity to follow his type of training for the last three weeks.
“I joined the team late in the season so it took some time before we got our first win. The last three weeks were like a preseason for me... it also enabled the players to know each other better, ” he said.
“They understand better what I want from them now. We have seven matches to play and we have lost three. The situation is not ideal but we will never give up.”
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