JOHOR BARU: One-time table toppers and Premier League title hopefuls Johor FC have off-loaded yet another of their foreigners - Argentine striker Raul Felix Carrizo - and instead signed up Turkish-born Australian Tyfun Ulvi Devrrimol in a last-ditch effort to earn a place in next years Super League.
The Johor club believe they can still win Premier Leagues Group A, although they have slipped to fourth place with 35 points from 19 matches.
PKNS, who have 38 points from 19 matches, top the table; second-placed Selangor and third-placed Malacca Telekom have 37 points each after 18 matches.
Johor FC secretary Tahir Hamdan said Carrizo was dropped on the recommendation of coach Raul Carrizo, who is also the strikers father.
Felix has been plagued by injuries and is not fit. We need every fit player we can get. Keeping Felix will not do the team any good, said Tahir.
In fact it was his father, who is our coach, who recommended that his son be dropped from the team. He knows the teams priorities.
We have to keep winning and at the same time hope that those above us will take a tumble. In football, anything can happen and we are focused on winning our remaining matches.
Two weeks ago Johor FC axed yet another Argentine Angel Mauro Sanchez and replaced him with Australian Matthew John Borg. Borg has given the Johor FC more bite up front but, at the same time, the backline have given away silly goals which cost the team dearly.