PETALING JAYA: Akram Mahinan considers the signing of Perak’s D. Kenny Pallraj as an asset and not as a competitor for the midfield slot in the Kuala Lumpur football team.
Instead, Akram believes the recruitment of former national teammate Kenny will beef up KL’s midfield for the demanding challenges in the Super League.
“Kenny and I know each other since our national team days. Our camaraderie has always been good, ” said the 28-year-old Akram.
“Kenny messaged me and even joked if I am ready for the competition. We will surely improve the defensive midfield position. Our coach (Bojan Hodak) can rotate or even play us together. As professionals, it is good to have healthy competition for various positions in the squad.”
Kuala Lumpur are currently sixth in the league with 17 points and Akram hopes they can do better in the next nine games to finish in the top four this season.
“Even without the presence of our injured top striker Dominique (Da Sylva), we are in the top six, ” he said.
“When the league resumes, we have to be more aggressive and avoid dropping any points if we want to finish in the top four.
The Super League takes a two-month break for the national team to prepare for the World Cup 2022-Asia Cup 2023 qualifiers.