Joseph has no plans to leave home state for now

Prodigal son: Joseph (right) helped Kuching to finish fourth in the recent Premier League season.

PETALING JAYA: Former international Joseph Kallang Tie has decided to remain in the lower division with Premier League side Kuching next season.

The much travelled midfielder had played for Super League teams Sarawak (2006-2007,2012-2015), Terengganu (2008-2011,2016-2017), Pahang (2017-2018) and Selangor (2018-2019) before plying his trade with Kuching last year in the third division M3 where he helped them gain promotion to the Premier League.

“For now I want to stay with my home state, I don’t want to think about moving to other teams... who knows, maybe my career as a footballer will end with this team, ” said the 34-year-old seasoned campaigner.

“We had a good run in our Premier League debut where we finished fourth out of 12 teams.

“Despite my age, I know I can still contribute and I hope to continue my stay here and help to further improve the Kuching squad.”

Joseph, the most decorated player in the side, said Kuching will be more than ready for the new season after overcoming last season’s hurdles.

The squad were placed under home quarantine for 14 days after one of their players, who is also a staff at Sentosa Hospital, was part of a Covid-19 cluster in July.

The management suspended all training activities and the players had to undergo two swab tests before returning to training.

To their credit, they put the setback aside as they won five out of their last seven matches to collect 16 points from 11 matches to finish fourth.

“We went through a tough year but I’m proud that the players overcame the challenges to finish creditably well.

“I believe one day we’ll create history by winning promotion to the Super League and I want to be part of that squad.”

Meanwhile, Irfan Bakti has signed a one-year contract to coach Kuching. The team management are also looking at appointing former national coach Wan Jamak Wan Hassan as technical director in a bid to empower the development of football in the state.

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