Perak can’t be slow to deal with Turtles’ youngsters, warns Kenny

JDT's Azammudin Akil (blue) try to fight the ball with Perak's D.Kenny Pallraj during the match at Larkin Stadium, Johor Baru on August 10,2016. Pic by ABDUL RAHMAN EMBONG/The Star.

PETALING JAYA: Terengganu youngsters are making their presence felt in the Super League.

And Perak’s D. Kenny Pallraj said it would be a folly to ignore the young boys as a threat when they face the Turtles at the Perak Stadium today.

The East Coast side are currently second in the standings with six points after beating UiTM (2-1) and Selangor (3-1). Players like Hakimi Abdullah, Nik Aif Syahiran and Shahrul Nizam Ros Hani are all under 23 and have played a vital role in the Turtles’ resurgent start to the season.

Perak are third in the standings with four points after they were held 0-0 by Petaling Jaya City in the first game and defeated Pahang 2-0 on Thursday.

Kenny said the Terengganu boys reminded him of his younger days with Perak.

“The youngsters in Terengganu’s side have shown that they are hungry. They are active and intense. It’s just like my younger days when we wanted to prove a point, ” said Kenny, who made his debut with Perak at the age of 22.

He has played together with the likes of goalkeeper Hafizul Hakim, defenders Shahrul Saad, Nazirul Naim and Amirul Azhan Aznan and midfielder Firdaus Saiyadi since 2016 and would be banking on their experience to score a win against Terengganu.

“Players like Badak (Shahrul), An (Amirul), Nazirul and I have been together for quite a while now, and the experience will help us match Terengganu’s intensity.

“I believe we can match them. It will be a competitive game but we will be prepared.”

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