Two Czech players try luck with Selangor Public Bank


PETALING JAYA: Super League outfit Selangor Public Bank now have Czech Republic players Jiri Vavra and Miroslav Hrdina on trial with them. 

Coach E. Elavarasan said that both the players were 27-years-old and they were utility players with the experience of having played for several teams in the Czech First Division. 

The duo have been with the team for the past one week. Public Bank seem to be keeping their options open in the hiring of foreign players. Their two Slovakians, midfielder Ivan Ziga and forward Milan Sterlec, have yet to sign a new contract with Public Bank. 

For the inaugural eight-team Super League, each team can hire four foreign players. 

Public Bank will also be hiring local players after losing a number of their players to Premier League teams. 

Among those who have left the team are M. Chandran, Paul Raj, Leong Hong Seng, Mohamed Noor Derus and R. Ramachandran. 

Public Bank have signed up nine new players thus far. They are Wan Rohaimi Wan Ismail, Fatrurazi Razi, Mohamed Hadi, Nafuzi Zin, Rashid Mahmud, Lim Chan Yew, Yaacob Arris, Aiman Wong and Fareed Shah. 

Elavarasan is hoping that the players will be able to blend in as soon as possible to get things moving in the right direction. 

“We are the newcomers in the top flight league and lack experience playing against the top teams. There is a lot of hard work ahead of us,” said Elavarasan. 

The other teams in the Super League are Pahang, Kedah, Perak, Perlis, Penang, Sabah and Sarawak. 

In the run-up to the new season, Public Bank have yet to get a foreign tour lined up for the team. 

“The management has yet to approve a foreign tour. But we will be playing a few friendly matches against local sides,” said Elavarasan. 

Public Bank have surely come a long way after just two seasons in the M-League. They were crowned Premier II champions this season after finishing fourth the previous year. 

In the Malaysia Cup, they made it to the quarter-finals for two consecutive seasons. 

Public Bank made it to the Super League by beating Johor and Johor FC in the qualification playoffs.  

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