PETALING JAYA: The Kedah players showed that they could take their minds off their off-field problems and focus on their game with a 2-0 demolition of Police – and coach Aidil Sharin is pleased.
The players are still upset that the Kedah Football Association (KFA) failed to keep to their word of settling RM1.26mil of back wages before the match but thanks to a brace from Ivory Coast hitman Tchetche Kipre in the 29th and 36th minutes, Kedah moved from eighth in the 12-team Super League standings to fourth with seven points from five matches.
Aidil also had to re-jig the team due to suspensions and injuries but said his men showed professionalism in the vital win at the Cheras Football Stadium on Saturday.
“It is never easy in a situation where the team have not received salaries for few months but the players showed a positive attitude and commitment, ” said Aidil.
“There are many fighters in the team and we managed to collect the three points. When the salary problem is solved, I’m confident that the morale of the players will improve.”
“This is why we need to have good senior players like Azamuddin (Akil), Keon (Khairul Helmi Johari), Zaquan (Adha Abdul Razak) and captain Baddrol (Bakhtiar). I’m lucky to have these players and I hope we can continue this throughout the season.”
Aidil also praised hitman Kipre who scored his double from the flanks instead of his usual striker’s position.
“Kipre played from the left wing which is Hadin’s (Azman) usual position but we wanted to try to do something different in this game.
“He played well and scored two goals. But he got good help from his teammates so everyone needs to be commended, ” he said.
The Red Eagles will next host Petaling Jaya City at the Darulaman Stadium in Alor Setar on Saturday.
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