Striker vows to get his act right for ailing Red Giants


By ERIC SAMUEL

NOT FINISHED YET: Striker Rusdi Suparman has scored just two goals this season but believes he can still win the Golden Boot award and help Selangor recover from their current slump.

PETALING JAYA: Selangor striker Rusdi Suparman has promised to get his act right and deliver the goals for his ailing side when they face Terengganu in a Premier I match at the Shah Alam Stadium tonight. 

The 29-year-old former international, who has won all the major titles and medals there is to win locally, believes the Red Giants will be able to overcome their poor run, that have seen them gone without a win in the last seven matches since their thumping 5-0 win over Malacca on Feb 22. 

“It is just not our time. It is always tough for us as everyone wants to beat Selangor, a trend way back from the early days of Malaysian football. We will have to push ourselves from now,” said Rusdi, who will be spearheading the attack with Mass Sarr Jr following the injury to national striker Mohamed Nizaruddin Yusop. 

Selangor have not had a good start to the season after losing the Charity Shield to Penang (0-1) on Feb 9. They were also eliminated from the FA Cup competition after losing to Premier II club side Selangor MPPJ 2-3 on aggregate in the second round.  

In the league, Selangor are in 11th position with six points from a win, three draws and three defeats. 

Rusdi, who is eyeing the top scorer's award (Golden Boot) this season, has not been consistent in delivering the goals, having scored only two so far. 

“I am not finished yet. There is still a good chance to achieve my target with Selangor this season. But what is more important at the moment is to secure the three points against Terengganu. We have to start winning and get back our rhythm before it is too late.”  

Rusdi had been faithful to Selangor for 10 years now and is still determined to win more honours after having bagged four Malaysia Cup winners' medals (1995, '96, '97 and 2000), two FA Cup medals (1997, 2001), Premier I (2000), Premier II (1993), three Charity Shield medals (1996, '97, 2002) and Premier II Golden Boot (1999). 

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