KANGAR: Despite the assurance that his striker Mohd Haris Safwan would be arriving hours before the match by helicopter, MPPJ coach Dollah Salleh was a worried man right up to the final moment.
The coach could only relax after seeing the player touched down in Kangar about two hours before the start of the Malaysia Cup semi-final second leg tie against Perlis at the Utama Stadium yesterday.
I was only relieved after seeing the player here myself. We were quite worried that Haris' services would be missed for such an important game like this. Now, I can afford to relax, said Dollah before the kick-off.
Despite finishing his first year Sports Science final exams at 5pm, Haris was given the green light to play.
Despite the long and last minute journey, Haris is not exhausted and is raring to take on Perlis, said Dollah.
MPPJ had initially requested for the player to be given special privilege to sit for his examinations in Perlis.
However, the Universiti Malaya(UM) officials shot down the proposal and Haris had to stay back to sit for the test while the rest of MPPJ team were in Kangar preparing for last night's match.
Haris looked destined to miss the game until a quick intervention by a good Samaritan who provided the helicopter to shuttle him to Kangar solved his dilemma.
Hundreds of MPPJ fans turned up at the UM grounds in Kuala Lumpur to see Haris off at about 5pm yesterday. The helicopter touched down at the Bermuda Park in Perlis at 6.50pm.