Blow to Perlis as Zambil's hurt

PENANG: Time is running out on Perlis in their search for a foreign striker ahead of the new season, which begins next month. 

The Northern Lions, who have brought in quality local reinforcements for their defence and midfield, are still found wanting in attack. 

Their woes deepened when striker Che Zambil Ahmad (pic) sustained an ankle injury in a friendly against Malacca Telecom last week and looks set to miss the early part of the season. 

Che Zambil's injury leaves coach Norizan Bakar with just Hairil Zamri Rashid and the newly-signed Philemon Trequila of Zambia to rely on as the forwards. 

Perlis began their search for a second out-and-out foreign striker about two months ago but it has not bore fruit. 

The Northern Lions' attempts to get an East Asian player were dashed by high costs while the African journeymen, who came knocking on their doors, were just not up to their expectations. 

However, team manager Adzmi Saad is optimistic that the final piece of the jigsaw will fall into place within the next few weeks. 

“It will be risky to start our campaign with just two experienced strikers in the squad. We need to secure the services of another foreign striker quickly but that does not mean that we will compromise on quality,” he said. 

A Nigerian and a Moroccan are expected to turn up in Kangar in the next few days for trials. Perlis are in the Klang Valley for a series of friendly matches and they will return home tomorrow.  

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