Negri keeper Damien will play the hand he’s dealt while looking ahead


PETALING JAYA: It’s time to move on and look forward to the next season for Negri Sembilan goalkeeper Damien Lim Chien Kai after seeing his dream of tasting glory in the Malaysia Cup shattered.

The Premier League champions had to pull out from the prestigious competition, which is resuming this weekend, after 20 players and four officials came down with Covid-19.

Negri had started their campaign with a win over Kelantan United and a defeat to Melaka United, and were third in Group C.

Damien said he and his teammates were now focused on recovering and plan to bounce back strongly next season.

“I feel sad and it’s a pity that we have to go out this way after knowing all of us became Covid-19 positive.

“But that’s life and it’s too late to regret. We have to accept things as they are and move on.

“What’s important is everyone gets well again and look forward to the new season.

“I’m thankful I got to play two Malaysia Cup matches although I’m still new to the team,” said Damien, who added that he is recovering well.

“I had fever after I tested positive but now it’s just coughing and a bit of loss of taste and smell.

“If we had not tested positive for Covid-19, maybe we would have had a good chance to fight for the quarter-finals but then there’s no point reflecting on it.

“We just need to prepare for next year after this,” he added.

The entire Negri team are now under quarantine until the end of this week.

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