Irfan: Kuching City can bounce back if they upgrade

PETALING JAYA: Kuching City coach Irfan Bakti Abu Salim sees recruiting new players as the only way to improve the club’s fortunes in the Super League.

Kuching City suffered their sixth defeat of the season after going down 0-2 to Terengganu on Monday.

They have only collected four points (one win, one draw and six defeats) from eight matches and they languish in 12th spot out of 14 teams.

The Super League takes a break this week with Kuching City taking on Pahang next Tuesday.

Irfan conceded they have to look at the transfer market during the second transfer window (July 5 to Aug 1) to make an impact in their debut Super League season.

Irfan’s foreign imports for this season are Nigerian Michael Ijezie, Sudi Abdallah of Burundi, Celio Santos of Brazil, Julian Schwarzer of the Philippines, Sirojiddin Kuziev of Uzbekistan, Serbian Mihailo Jovanovic, Brazilian Aylton Ferreira, Japan’s Yuki Tanigawa and Liberia’s Abu Kamara.

“The management have been informed, we cannot depend on the players that we currently have,” said Irfan.

“We need to do something if we don’t want to drop points and end up trailing far behind other teams.

“I’m optimistic that we can bounce back but we need upgrading.

“We need to find players of better quality because the standard of our local and current foreign players are lacking compared to other clubs.

“There are five more matches remaining before the first round of the league ends.

“We will try to give our best. It’s just that we need changes to chase the other teams in the second round of the Super League.”

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