PENANG: Malacca Telekom coach Mat Zan Mat Aris wants his players to share the scoring responsibilities and not to depend solely on Ghanaian Isaac Kuffour.
Kuffour, last year's Premier II top scorer with 22 goals, has already contributed 11 of Telekom's 20 goals in Premier I, including one in the 1-1 draw against Kedah last Saturday.
Mat Zan is worried that the team had become too dependant on Kuffour to bail them out of trouble in every match.
With the exception the other foreigner, Thomas Duah, who has two goals to his credit, none of the local players has score more than once thus far this season.
“This has been a big problem for the team. The players prefer to relay the ball to Isaac instead of taking shots themselves,” said Mat Zan yesterday.
“Isaac has done his best so far but we find ourselves in trouble whenever he is marked out the game. The others need to start contributing if we are to push for a top six finish in the league.”
Telekom, who were the Premier II runners-up last year, are in eighth spot but they are confident to get among the top six to avoid going through playoffs to win a place in next year's Super League.
With five matches to go, Telekom have 23 points – seven points adrift sixth-placed Penang but they have played one match fewer.
The draw against Kedah last Saturday was their eighth this season.
“We have drawn too many matches which we should have won. We need as many points as possible from now on to avoid being embroiled in the demanding and tricky Super League playoff,” said Mat Zan.
Three of their five remaining matches will be at home – against third-placed Sarawak (Saturday), fourth-placed Perlis (July 12) and seventh-placed Pahang (Aug 2).
Their two away matches are against Kelantan (July 8) and Terengganu (July 29).