Champs left in the lurch

KOTA KINABALU: Defending Malaysia Cup champions Perlis were left in the lurch by their new signing Massaudu Naddah on the eve of the opening Group A match against Sabah on Saturday. 

The attacking midfielder from Ghana had signed a contract after agreeing to the terms and salary. Naddah even took his first pay packet which was in Malaysian ringgit last month. 

But on Thursday during the team's last training session in Kangar before leaving for Sabah, the 27-year-old created a row over his salary. 

OUT OF MY WAY: Penang’s Jose Marcio Barreto (left) and MalaccaTelekom defender Ramesh Lai Ban Huat tussling for the ball duringthe Malaysia Cup match at the City Stadium on Saturday. Telekomwon 1-0.

He argued that the amount stated in the contract should be in US dollars and not Malaysian ringgit. It left team manager Adzmi Saad and coach Abdul Rahman Ibrahim stunned. But they refused to be “blackmailed” by the player and left him behind although Abdul Rahman's match plans and strategies went hay wire.  

And for Naddah it is all over for him. Abdul Rahman revealed that a few more foreign players – from Croatian, Brazil and Africa – will be arriving in Kangar in the next day or two for trials. 

“Talk about professionalism and this is what you get from players like Naddah. But we will not be blackmailed. The show will still go on without Naddah although we are hard hit by injuries,” said Abdul Rahman, adding that he brought only 16 players for the Sabah match. 

“I am very disappointed with Naddah. He is simply greedy and lacks professionalism. What hurts is that he signed his contract after agreeing to the terms and conditions. He even pocketed his first month's salary in Malaysian ringgit. Now he says that the agreed salary should be in US dollars. 

“It is high time we put a stop to such things. If you look at their CV they are world class players ... when in fact they are just mediocre players once they are on the field. Perlis have been hit by a spate of injuries but we have not given up hope on retaining the Malaysia Cup.” 

Among those on the crock list are international Mohd Ivan Yusof, Manzoor Azwira Abdul Wahid and Es Lizuan Zahid Amir. Aziz Mat Ros and Rusfazly Rahman are with the national Under-23 squad currently training in Poland for the Manila SEA Games to be held in November. 

The Northern Lions started their Malaysia Cup defence with a come-from-behind 2-1 win over relegated Sabah at the Likas Stadium on Saturday.  

They were without Zambian hot-shot Phillimon Chepita, who is under suspension while joint Golden Boot winner Zacharia Simukonda failed to score. Instead, it was Nazaruddin Zain and Yusri Che Lah who got their names into the scoresheet with goals in the 67th and 85th minutes respectively. Sabah took the lead through joint Golden Boot winner Julio Cesar Rodrigues in the 60th minute. 

“With a depleted team, I was expecting a draw at Likas. But we won 2-1. It will stand in good stead for us when we play Terengganu in Kangar this Sunday,” said Abdul Rahman.  

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