Phoenix believe they can rise with youth to meet new challenges

PETALING JAYA: Petaling Jaya (PJ) City have opted for youthful exuberance in their 2021 M-League campaign.

The Phoenix president Datuk Seri Subahan Kamal revealed that the club side are realigning their vision for the 2021 season and will be ready to cope with the financial uncertainty next year.

He also said they have signed assistant coach P. Maniam as the team’s head coach next season to guide the team’s youngsters.

“We have signed P. Maniam as the head coach with a one-year contract. He was the team’s assistant coach last season and he’s someone who has the credentials to lead the team, ” said Subahan.

“We had guided Selangor before and also served as the national Under-16 team, so he’s someone who can handle the youngsters and also some older players in the team.

“We have finalised some names and these young and talented players will be unveiled soon. They are a part of our long-term plan for the team, where we want to develop these players for us and also for the national team.

“This move will also reduce the team’s wage budget and also a potential income for transfer fees in the future. We will be fair with the players’ wages, we never had issues with players’ salary but that doesn’t mean that we will spend money inconsiderately.”

In the 2020 season, PJ City finished seventh in the 12-team Super League table with 14 points from 11 matches and Subahan said they always strive to do better every season.

“We want to keep on improving every season. We are still a small side but we want to challenge other established teams in the M-League. We have the support of the club owner Datuk Seri Vijay Eswaran and we want to make him proud, ” said Subahan.

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