Fabio closes door on 5th import for KL

Fabio Joaquim Marciel da Silva accepts that Kuala Lumpur may just stay with 4 import players after recent rejections left him disappointed.

Kuala Lumpur (KL) did the launch of their new kits for the 2018 season as well as player presentation in a glittering event held at a shopping mall on Saturday night. The event also saw the club introducing their newly-designed website.

The newly promoted Super League team had just completed a week-long pre-season playing tour in Indonesia and head coach Fabio was left happy with what he saw with the team during that period.

"It was a good week for us there. The 3 games allowed me to use all players and gave them minutes. I'm very satisfied with what they showed. This weekend we will rest and then focus back on our job next week. We are in the right way and we need to continue the hard work. We are ready for the Super League." 

"People can expect a great team who will fight every game. A team that will respect all opponents. We know what we need to do. We have to maintain Kuala Lumpur in the Super League but we trust ourselves and we know we can make a good season," said Fabio after the ceremony.

The coincidence of the fixture meant that KL will be opening their league campaign with a derby match against Selangor in the newly-refurbished KLFA Stadium in Cheras and Fabio couldn't have asked for a more perfect fixture to kick-off their stay there.

"This is good for football. Good for the players, fans and media. I'm excited to start the league against them. I hope the new stadium will be full for this match. Hopefully it will be an exciting game because of it being a derby game," he added.

KL have retained Guilherme de Paula, Paulo Josue and Boburjon Akbarov from their squad last season while adding Junior Aparecido to their squad for this new campaign. Rumours had it that Singapore international Baihakki Khaizan was earmarked to fill the ASEAN slot but he has since decided to join a Thai club.

Fabio was left bitterly disappointed by the U-turn that he is considering not utilising that slot completely now. 

"Before we have 2 names in the list but because of some behaviour, we don't want them anymore. He don't treat this club the way the club treated him. For this fifth player, I prefer to work a Malaysian player."

"If I have to choose, I prefer to choose a local player. If in the future we do bring in an ASEAN import, he should come and make a difference. Not just simply to fill up the quota. For now, I'll just work with the four that I have," Fabio explained.