BY RONNIE OH
PENANG: The Penang Panthers have concluded their foreign signings with Romanian defender Cristian Teodor coming on board as their third player after Russian striker Melnikov Viatcheslav and Australian midfielder Boris Ovcin.
The FA of Penang (FAP) secretary, Mohd Junid Mohd Noor, said that Teodor signed the contract with them yesterday and they would forward the documents to the FA of Malaysia (FAM) today.
But it is unlikely that everything, including his ITC (International Transfer Certificate), will be cleared to enable him to play the opening match against Perlis on Saturday, said Junid, after a 90-minute management committee meeting, chaired by the FA vice-president, Datuk Mohd Zain Omar.
We hope that he will be eligible to play the second match against Kedah on Feb 21.
Each team in the Super League can hire four foreign players but only three can be fielded in a match. But Junid said that Penang had no plan to fill the quota.
The 30-year-old Teodor, who stands at 1.90m tall, is the second Romanian to don Penang colours after midfielder Cristian Mustaca in 1997.
He convinced coach Yunus Alif that he was the right man to play the role of central defender for Penang in a recent friendly match against Singapore League's Tanjung Pagar FC.
Yunus was all smiles when he emerged from the meeting room yesterday.
It is a big relief to me that we have finally settled the matter on foreign signings. I can now fully concentrate on the final tune-up for the opening match against Perlis, he said.