BY DARREN GOON Follow on Twitter
Following their signing of ex-Singapore international Precious Emuejeraye weeks ago, Premier League basement-dwellers Putrajaya SPA have roped in two new foreign players in a surprising move, considering that it was reported in Sinar Harian that they were considering pulling out of the league due to financial difficulties.
The Wild Cats lined up against league leaders T-Team last Friday with Russian attacking midfielder Rod Dyachenko and Italian forward Raffaele Simone Quintieri. Dyachenko arrives as a free agent after spending last season with Thai Premier League side Samut Songkhram. He recently had a trial with former club DC United in MLS in January this year. Meanwhile, Quintieri had trials last month in Indonesia with Persija Jakarta and Sriwijaya after leaving Maltese club Qormi.
Although the club made no announcement, it is understood that Dyachenko and Quintieri replace Guy Bwele and Michael Ijezie Chukwubunna in the squad. South Korean centre-back Kwon Jun has been retained.
The City Boys have re-signed winger S. Sumindran from FAM League team MISC-MIFA, after he was released ahead of this season. Sumindran scored one goal for them in 2014, and has started KL’s last two matches in the MPL.
Coach Tang Siew Seng has also promoted three youngsters from their President’s Cup squad. Forwards Hamzah Ahmad and Amin Asraf Yaakob as well as defender Mazlan Yahya have made substitute appearances over the past three weeks as KL have remained unbeaten during that spell.
Although this signing has not been announced on their official page, FAM League side Sungai Ara’s Facebook page has revealed that right-back Alif Fadhil Ismail will be joining Kedah’s squad. Alif scored the equalising goal against Megah Murni last season, and was once part of the national Under-18 squad.
Putrajaya SPA have also been linked with Cameron Edwards, son of ex-Johor player Alistair Edwards, who is currently technical director at FAM League team Real Mulia. The Australian midfielder was released by Perth Glory last week.