Crocs expecting a rough ride at MPPJ Stadium


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  • Wednesday, 13 Aug 2003

JOHOR BARU: Premier II club side Selangor MPPJ are an “unknown factor” that could spoil Sarawak’s Super League hopes when the two square up against each other in a second-round first-leg playoff match at the MPPJ Stadium in Kelana Jaya tonight. 

“We have never played MPPJ before. This is where the danger lies,” said Sarawak coach Jalil Ramli from Kuching, adding that the only knowledge he had of his opponents came from co-coaches, who have some knowledge on MPPJ. 

MPPJ have made football pundits sit up and take note of them after they knocked out FA Cup champions Negri Sembilan in the first-round 6-5 on aggregate. 

Only Sarawak, MPPJ, Johor FC and Public Bank are still in contention after the completion of the first-round playoffs which saw state teams Kelantan, Johor and Negri bite the dust together with Malacca Telekom. 

Sarawak are expecting a rough ride against MPPJ, coached by former national striker Dollah Salleh. 

The Crocs’ task is made all the more difficult with news that hitman Sapian Wahid is nursing a swollen right ankle.  

The Malacca-born Sapian will undergo a late fitness test hours before the kick-off before Jalil decides on his team.  

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