Battle is far from over for Giants, says team boss


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  • Tuesday, 11 Feb 2003

PETALING JAYA: The Selangor players have been told to forget their defeat by Penang in the Charity Shield and pick themselves up for the rest of their Premier I campaign, which starts with a home match against Malacca on Feb 22. 

Team manager Datuk Mokhtar Ahmad said that even though they had lost the game, the battle was far from over. 

“There is still time for the players to pick themselves up. They should forget the defeat and concentrate on the future, since we still have a long way to go,” said Mokhtar in a telephone interview from Penang. 

“By now, the players should have realised their weaknesses. It is up to them to rectify the matter,” he said. 

On Sunday, it was evident that Selangor's main weakness still lay in the goal scoring department. The Red Giants fell to a 12th minute goal scored by Penang's import Geoff Dwyer. 

The manager said the goalscoring department needed strengthening and they may sign a foreigner to add some firepower. Currently, Selangor have national striker Mohamed Nizaruddin Yusof, Rusdi Suparman, Mohamed Fareed Shah and Rudie Ramli as their goal-getters. 

“We do intend to find a foreign striker, but at the moment, we haven't found the right man yet,” said Mokhtar. 

“The season has just started, and it is very unfair to judge Selangor's overall performance based on just one match,” he said.  

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