PJ City coach Maniam hopes veterans will guide youngsters

Petaling Jaya City’s coach P. Maniam.-Bernama filepic

PETALING JAYA: Petaling Jaya City’s coach P. Maniam has urged his experienced charges to be leaders in the team.

With the club going all-local for the new season, the fight for the best eleven is intense and many players who have joined them have shown great commitment to the cause.

But Maniam hopes to see some of his experienced players like midfielder K. Gurusamy, wingbacks Mahali Jasuli, P. Rajesh, winger Mohd Khyril Muhymeen Zambri and centreback S. Subramaniam leading the young players in the side.

“We signed Khyril from Selangor, and Subra from Kuala Lumpur because I believe with the experience, they can be a good guide for the team’s youngsters, ” said Maniam, who formerly coached Selangor and the Malaysia Under-16 side.

“Not to forget, those from last season like Guru, Mahali and Rajesh will have to continue leading this team.

“Their duty is not just to play but to organise the side during games. Sometimes in tough situations, you need them to take charge. They must also motivate and support the others in the team.”

Maniam is all smiles although he has a selection headache as he has not identified his best eleven yet – that’s how committed his players are during training.

“They come to training early, and even during fitness and technique sessions, they are fighting to show that they have what it takes to be in the first eleven, ” he said.

“They know that only 100% of effort would do if they want to be selected to play.

“We’ve focused on fitness the first two weeks but will shift to tactics soon and will work on them during our friendly matches.

They have lined up seven friendlies, and just need to confirm the dates with several Super, Premier and M3 league clubs.

“We are also working on team bonding. I want the players to believe in themselves and their teammates, ” he said.

“Going all-local requires major effort, and I’m happy that these players are keen to go in that direction.”

For this season, PJ City have signed players like K. Prabhakaran (wingback), Ahmad Khairil Anuar (midfielder), Darren Lok (striker), Syahmi Zamri (striker), Faiz Mazlan (centreback), M. Tamil Maran (wingback), and Raffi Nagoorgani (centreback).

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 46
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3

Petaling Jaya City , coach , Maniam


Next In Football

Soccer-Deschamps praises 'greatest ever' Griezmann as he nears appearances landmark
Soccer-Hrosovsky, Koscelnik in for Slovakia against unchanged Sweden
Soccer-Criticism makes Dutch players sharper as pundits weigh in
Soccer-Granada appoint former Spain coach Moreno as new boss
Soccer-F1 driver Norris sets a new goal for England's Mount
Soccer-Italy's form yet to convince some ahead of Wales clash
Soccer-Busquets returns to Spain squad after negative test
Soccer-Last chance for Swiss or Turks to keep Euro campaign alive
Soccer-UEFA has contingency plan for London-scheduled Euro 2020 final
Soccer-Juventus honorary chairman Boniperti dies at 92

Stories You'll Enjoy