ALOR STAR: Midfielder Boris Ovcin's days with Penang seems to be numbered.
The 21-year-old Australian, who was only fielded as a second-half substitute in the previous two Super League matches against Perlis and Sarawak, was not even with the team to Alor Star for the game against Kedah on Saturday.
And this could be an indication that Ovcin will soon have to make way for a new foreign player.
Coach Yunus Alif said after his team's 0-2 defeat by Kedah at the Darulaman Stadium here: From the way he is playing at the moment, I cannot include him in the side. He has completely lost his form and needs to buck up quickly if he is to feature again for Penang.
Penang are in serious danger of propping up the table if bottom side Kedah utilise their one match in hand to defeat Perak at home tomorrow.
The Panthers have seven points against four for the Canaries. But Kedah have a much better goal difference. Sarawak are the other team on seven points.
In Ovcin's absence, Penang only had two foreigners on the pitch against Kedah Romanian Christian Teodor and Russian Viatcheslav Melnikov.
Yunus was left rueing the delay of obtaining the International Transfer Certificate (ITC) for newly-hired Brazilian forward Jose Barreto.
FIFA have told Barreto's former club Mohun Bagan FC of India to release the ITC by May 26.
It was obvious from our last few matches that our strikers lacked sting. We are creating the scoring opportunities but are paying the price for missed chances, said Yunus.
There were also a few one-on-one situations with the Kedah goalkeeper (Megat Amir Faisal) on Saturday but my team come out the losers each time.
We desperately need a player of Barreto's calibre more than ever, he added.