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Selangor v PKNP

Abu Bakar looking to make changes to three positions in transfer window

08:25 IST 07/05/2018
Abu Bakar Fadzim - Perak FA
PKNP have done well so far to reach the MSL mid-table in their debut season, but head coach Abu Bakar Fadzim wants his side to be even more dangerous.


BY        ZULHILMI ZAINAL       Follow on Twitter


After his men nicked a point from their Malaysia Super League (MSL) round nine match against Selangor with a last-gasp equaliser, PKNP FC head coach Abu Bakar Fadzim has described his side as lucky.

In the match that was held at the Kuala Lumpur Football Stadium on Sunday, the hosts opened the scoring in the 53rd minute through Rufino Segovia's goal. The match was earlier stopped for 12 minutes, when the stadium lights went out five minutes into the first half.

But the visitors pressed on for the equaliser, and was rewarded for their perseverance in the last seconds of the match, when Hafiz Ramdan struck a low shot from outside the box that went in between the Selangor defenders and into the back of the net.

Goals in the Selangor vs PKNP match

The draw allowed PKNP to remain in seventh place, and was enough to let Selangor climb up one spot to ninth.

Speaking to the press after the match, Abu Bakar criticised his misfiring South Korean forward Yeon Gi-sung's performance, which according to him caused his side to need luck in order to salvage a point.

"The result was down to luck. It was literally the last effort in the match. We couldn't put away the many chances we had in the first half.

"Our South Korean forward has not been finding the back of the net so far, and we've had to depend on our local boys; Hafiz and Shahrel Fikri [Fauzi] to find the goals. Yeon Gi-sung has not found the back of the net even once after nine league matches, which has burdened my local players.

"It's a good thing we still manage to stay in mid-table, but we need to do something to make our attack more dangerous," said the former Perak coach.

With the mid-season transfer window opening on Monday, he also revealed that he is looking to make around three player changes.

Last month the side released their ASEAN import slot player, Cambodia international Keo Sokpheng.

"For the time being, my concern is not on replacing our ASEAN import. Sokpheng struggled to challenge our local boys for a starting place, and it's better that young local players are given a chance. 

"I've submitted a proposal (to the club management) to make changes in three positions. The target for our debut season in the top tier is to avoid relegation and to finish mid-table. I have to wait for the management's response to my proposal," he remarked.