PENANG: Cameroon defender Florent Awono will not get to don Penang colours this season.
The towering Awono came to Penang for trials with strong credentials of having featured in the French League but coach Irfan Bakti found him lacking in speed.
“I do not doubt his defensive qualities but he lacks speed. We are also in no hurry to sign up a foreign player,” said Irfan, who is preparing his team for the season-opening Charity Shield match against Selangor on Feb 8.
Penang are the FA Cup champions and the Charity Shield match against the Malaysia Cup winners is also a Premier I tie.
Guinean Balla Conde, who has played with Penang, is acting as a scout for the Panthers and he is set to bring Australian defender Geoff Dwyer for trials.
“The Australian can be expected in Penang next week. And with Romero Gustavo (Argentine striker) due to return to Penang today (yesterday), the presence of Dwyer will be timely too,” said Irfan.
Irfan added that with Penang down to play in a quadrangular in Singapore later this month, the presence of the foreign players would be an advantage.
The other three teams for the quadrangular scheduled for Jan 20-26 are S-League's Woodlands Wellington, Selangor and Kedah.