Hodak warns KL to get serious in UiTM tie

PETALING JAYA: Kuala Lumpur head coach Bojan Hodak has warned his players to take nothing for granted when they play bottom-of-the-table UiTM today.

Hodak is expecting a stiff challenge from their desperate opponents who are still winless and only have one point to show after 12 Super League games this season.

The City Boys, on contrary, are enjoying a good form of late after holding leaders Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) to a 1-1 draw and defeating Penang 3-1 in their last two fixtures to be placed seventh.

Still, Bojak said it would be a big mistake to think they could turn up at the UiTM Stadium and expect an easy run.

Kuala Lumpur need no reminder that their away form have been dismal as they only have drawn twice and lost four times.

“I’m quite jittery ahead of this game, ” admitted Hodak.

“I need to motivate the players harder because this game is different from the matches against JDT, Terengganu and Kedah, where you automatically feel motivated to do better.

“It will not be easy against UiTM because they are a hardworking side.

“They lost to Terengganu 0-3, but they were unlucky to concede early goals. In that game, they actually showed great resilience.

“Plus, they have new players like Ousmane Fane (pic) and Joao Pedro, who will further enhance the team.

“UiTM are tough to break on their day. For me, it will be a very, very tough game.”

Kuala Lumpur will be counting on their South American attacking pair – Brazillian Paulo Josue and Colombian Romel Morales – who have struck 10 out of the 16 goals thus far – to make a difference for the team.

“There will be no changes to the line up, and I will stick to the same style that we have implemented over the weeks, ” said Hodak.

“We have been improving since the first game, and I want to make sure that we remain fully focused.”

Midfielder Zhafri Yahya has backed Josue to continue his scoring form after the latter savoured his first Super League hattrick against Penang last Tuesday.

“Josue is a very important player for our team. He’s the main creator for many of our goals, and he’s now our top scorer too, ” said Zhafri.

“It gave me plenty of satisfaction to assist him for one of the goals scored against Penang. That win restored our confidence after four difficult games.

“I feel like we can achieve much better in the Super League this time (after finishing 10th in 2018 and 12th in 2019) because there has been a lot of positive changes in the squad.”

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