PETALING JAYA: Selangor coach Karsten Neitzel lamented that teams are not given enough time to prepare for the new season.
The Malaysian Football League (MFL) announced that they are sticking to the March 5 kickoff date and that leaves teams with three to four weeks of training.
Training came to a halt during the movement control order (MCO) so it is no surprise that the German is urging for an extension.
“If somebody asks me how long we need, I will say five to six weeks. One has to understand that we need to do a lot of things.
“Five versus fives, two versus twos, tactical sessions, movement practices and also the friendlies, ” said Neitzel.
“Less than that, obviously is not enough. Everybody knows it’s not possible in such a short period. This is not the professional way. I hope the authorities would give us more time.
“Holding Zoom sessions is not enough. If you want serious preparations, it’s five to six weeks.
“If they insist on the same kickoff date, then we will abide by it and try to find the best solution.”
However, Neitzel is impressed with the players’ attitude but admitted that things could be much better if not for the Covid-19 situation.
“We don’t have the biggest squad but quality-wise, they are very good. Plus, we have got a great feeder team, which has some brilliant youngsters.
“It would be interesting to see how they develop. We’ve almost completed our import line-up, with one more coming soon.”
For the new season, the Red Giants have signed striker Shahrel Fikri Mohd Fauzi, leftback R. Dinesh, winger Nik Shareef Hassefy, midfielder Oliver Buff and centreback Tim Heubach.
It is learnt that German midfielder Manuel Konrad, who has played for Dynamo Dresden and FSV Frankfurt, could be making his way to Shah Alam soon.