Sarawak not distracted by Zambian Musungu's misfortune


JOHOR BARU: Sarawak are not letting the freak accident to Perlis' Zambian striker Kelvin Musungu distract them in tonight's first-leg FA Cup semi-final match against the Northern Lions at the Stadium Utama in Kangar. 

Instead, the Crocs are focussed on putting themselves in a favourable position for the return-leg at the Sarawak Stadium next Saturday. 

“Let's not get distracted with what is happening to our opponents. It's best that we look at our own team and plan our match strategies,” said Jalil from Kuching before leaving with the team for Kangar. 

Perlis striker Kelvin Musungu was reported to have twisted his knee in a freak accident during training. The injury makes the Zambian a doubtful starter tonight. 

Musungu, who earned a reprieve with the Northern Lions after putting in some inspiring performances of late, is currently undergoing ultrasound treatment and is adamant about seeing action against Sarawak. 

Sarawak remember Musungu only too well. It was the Zambian's double strike that saw Perlis pull off a face-saving draw in a league match at the same venue on April 29. 

The East Malaysians, too, have their share of injury woes. Former Youth World Cupper Gilbert Cassidy Gawing is still on the crock list and will not see action in the FA Cup. Gilbert is down with meniscus injury. 

Jalil is in no hurry to bring Gilbert back although the midfielder has resumed training. 

“Gilbert should be ready for the second round of the league. “I need him more in the league. The second round will see all team going flat out to book automatic places in the Super League,” said Jalil. 

Even without Gilbert, Jalil believes he has the material to stop Perlis tonight. “We are mentally and physically prepared to do battle in Kangar. Our confidence cannot be any better,” he said.  

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