JDT head coach Bojan Hodak has denied reports claiming the Southern Tigers are signing Didier Drogba and Samuel Eto'o
With the World Cup coming to the end, every Malaysian football fan will be back supporting their own local team for the upcoming Malaysia Cup. But there is one team that have managed to make headlines so far this week, none other than star-studded team JDT.
Bojan Hodak’s team have been heavily linked with big-name signings as they look to build for the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League qualifying tournament in February 2015.
The Croatian will go all out to make sure JDT qualify, thus becoming the first Malaysian team to play in the tournament since it was introduced in 2002. With four top quality foreign players currently at his disposal, he has refused to add any new players, especially from the ones playing in the World Cup.
“It’s the World Cup season. Every other player will be linked to a big transfer and big name players like Drogba and Eto’o are not the one we currently need,” said Hodak to The Star.
He also added that signing any of the World Cup stars wouldn’t guarantee success for the team in the AFC Champions League.
As the tournament is not until next year, Hodak's team has ample time to prepare well, though Hodak feels that the team will struggle a lot.
“The Champions League is a higher level of a competition and to be honest it will be a struggle for the team. The gaps between the teams in the region are quite wide at the moment,” the Croatian stated.
JDT are in the same group with ATM, Kelantan and Pulau Pinang for the upcoming Malaysia Cup which will begin on the 13th August.