Wednesday, January 29, 2003
Waiting over for PenangBY LOGANATH VELLOO
PENANG: The waiting is over for FA Cup champions Penang for Australian player Geoff Dwyer.
The 24-year-old central defender has confirmed his arrival here tomorrow. He was earlier expected to join Penang in a pre-season quadrangular tournament in Singapore last week.
The FA of Penang (FAP) made him an offer to join the team three weeks ago but Dwyer deferred making a decision to iron out work and personal matters back in Sydney.
He has now quit his job as a designer to pursue his dream of becoming a professional footballer.
I'M COMING:Australian defender Geoff Dwyer (left)has confirmed his arrival to Penang tomorrow.He joins Gustavo Romero (right)as the two foreign players for the Panthers.
The Parramatta Melita player in the New South Wales League fills the quota of two foreign p layer in the team.
The Panthers have retained the services of 2002 FA Cup final hero, Gustavo Romero of Argentina.
Dwyer is the replacement for the 21-year-old Gustavo's injury-prone compatriot Luis Pablo Pozzuto, whose contract was terminated at the end of last season.
Penang coach Irfan Bakti was delighted after learning that Dwyer has decided to don Penang colours.
“With Geoff agreeing to come on board, the squad is now complete. We can now fully concentrate on the challenges ahead, beginning with the Charity Shield match against Selangor next Sunday,” said Irfan.
“Dwyer will only have about a week before the Charity Shield but I do not foresee him facing any problem in settling down and forging a strong partnership with Chee (Wan Hoe) at the heart of defence.”
In the quadrangular in Singapore, Penang drew 1-1 against Kedah; lost 0-1 to the S-League's Woodlands; and bounced back to beat Selangor 2-0.
“The main purpose of going to Singapore was to iron out certain weaknesses in the team and I am happy that the quadrangular was beneficial in that aspect,” said Irfan.
“Pre-season results don't really matter. I was more interested in the players' performances and the tournament provided them with competitive exposure.
“It was also good for morale. But the win over Selangor should not be taken seriously because it will be a new ball game in the Charity Shield,” said Irfan.