Heavy spending out of the question for Elephants


PETALING JAYA: Pahang will be realistic about their budget for the new season, as the Elephants don’t want to spend unnecessarily due to the uncertainties caused by Covid-19.

Team manager Datuk Suffian Awang said all teams in the M-League would not know what to expect next year as cases of the pandemic have yet to show a downward trend.

Thus, the team management has to be sensible when it comes to signing new players and will consider developing more young players from the President and Youth Cup squads.

For now, Suffian confirmed that Pahang had only signed Argentine striker Sergio Ezequiel Aguero and English midfielder Lee Tuck.

“We won’t be lavish in our spending for next season. We plan to train the youngsters and give them exposure. 2021 could turn out to be the same situation as 2020, where the league was halved to one round and the Cup competition cancelled, ” said Suffian.

Suffian said they were now looking for Asian and South-East Asian players and are going through a few proposals.

“Many agents have come and spoken to us, but we want to make sure that every penny spent on the player is worth it.

“Imagine you pay US$20,000 (RM81,400) for a player, but you can’t play him. We don’t want such a situation. We will evaluate players thoroughly before signing them.”

Suffian revealed they were looking at several Pahang-born players for the new season. Rumoured to be targets are goalkeeper Muhaimin Mohamad, defender Ezanie Salleh and striker Abdul Malik Mat Ariff.

As for Pahang coach Dollah Salleh’s future, Suffian said it has yet to be decided.

“It’s up to the team leadership to decide.”

Last season, Pahang finished seventh in the Super League.

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