Suffering Crocs to miss influential imports after morale-boosting win

JOHOR BARU: Sarawak coach Jalil Ramli is at his wits end. He just does not know what lies ahead for him and his team just after they chalked up a 1-0 win over high-riding Public Bank in a Super League match in Kuching last Saturday to pulled them out of the drop zone for the first time in months. 

The win moved them into sixth place in the eight-team league but it came with a heavy price. 

Ghanaian striker Robert Eshun and his Portuguese partner, Fernando Manuel Co, dealt the Crocs a blow by picking up their third yellow card of the season.  

They have to serve a one-match suspension and will not be on the plane to Penang this morning for the penultimate fixture at the City Stadium tomorrow. 

Sarawak have 16 points and are in front of Sabah on a better goal difference. Bottom-place Kedah are one point behind. 

Penang, who beat Sabah 1-0, are in fifth place with 21 points. The bottom two teams will be relegated to the Premier League. 

Said Jalil from Kuching yesterday: “I just don't know what to do. I never expected to face such a problem. 

“Just when we did ourselves some good in the bid to remain in the Super League with the win over Public Bank, we will be without two key players for the next match. 

“Robert and Fernando had settled down well and forging a good partnership in attack.  

“Now I have no choice but to bank on the local players to do the job against Penang. 

“We need to win the remaining two matches to stay in the Super League. It will be tough. Penang have not avoided relegation yet and I expect them to come at us.” 

Sarawak's winner against Public Bank came off a brilliant free kick by Ramos Sari in the 10th minute.  

For the bankers, it was their second consecutive defeat after the 0-3 loss at home to Penang in a midweek match.