PETALING JAYA: Kuala Lumpur coach Bojan Hodak has a better insight of his new players since they started their camp-based training a month ago.
The players and coaches have been travelling from their hotel to the training ground in one vehicle and have been without outside contact since the movement control order was reinstated and Hodak is pleased with the bonding time.
The team camaraderie is crucial as the City Boys will be depending on several new faces such as Nigerian Kyrian Nwabueze, D. Kenny Pallraj, Ryan Lambert and J. Partiban when the Super League resumes on July 27.
The City Boys are sixth in the standing with 17 points with nine more games to go.
“The new players are gelling well. They have shown their quality in training and I believe they will show improvement,” said Hodak.
“The boys are away from their loved ones but they understand the situation. What’s important is that we still get to train.”
Hodak said Nwabueze and Ryan were working on their fitness. Nwabueze is a Golden Boot winner with FC Laci in the 2019-2020 Albanian League with 23 goals while Ryan was based in Holland for three years before returning to Malaysia.
“Both didn’t play for some time when they were in Europe, so the focus is on improving their physical conditions,” said Hodak.
“Kyrian is more mobile and quite physical. So he brings another dimension to our attack.
“We hope to put all these players to the test in friendly matches. We are waiting for instructions from MFL (Malaysian Football League) whether we can get the go- ahead to host friendly matches.”
With a positive vibe in the team, Hodak knows there will be greater expectations but he prefers to tread with caution.
“We are sixth, which is a surprise, and now with the new players, people will expect more, and the pressure will be different,” he added.