Tuesday September 16, 2003
Penang won’t extend Romero and Dywer’s contractsBY RONNIE OH
PENANG: The FA of Penang (FAP) have decided not to extend the contracts of Argentine striker Gustavo Romero and Australian defender Geoff Dwyer.
Penangs campaign in the M-League ended early this month with their failure to advance to the knockout stage of the Malaysia Cup competition. And the FAs deputy president, Datuk Seri Dr Ibrahim Saad, said yesterday that they would also drop several senior players from the team.
GOODBYE BOYS:The Penang FA have decided not to extend thecontracts of Geoff Dwyer (left)and Gustavo Romero.
We appreciate what they have done for us, including helping us to qualify for the Super League, said Dr Ibrahim, who is also the FAs management committee chairman.
But our failure to advance further in the Malaysia Cup clearly showed that their contributions were still not good enough.
We now have totally different needs for the new season and we have to leave them out of our plans.
Dr Ibrahim said that they would hire three new foreign players for their challenge in the eight-team Super league.
He chose not to name the seniors who would be dropped yet but said that they would be replaced by several promising young bloods from the Presidents Cup side.
Of course, the door is still open to players from other states. We will also conduct a series of trials to identify talent from our districts and we urge the affiliates to send us their best players, said Dr Ibrahim.
The series of trials will be held over the next two weeks in Bertam, Prai and at the Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM). The new season begins in February.