BY ZULHILMI ZAINAL Follow on Twitter
Kelantan and Sime Darby are two of the league's strugglers this season, and their predicament has been attributed to the same source, underperforming foreign players.
Understandably, both teams are looking to replace their foreign signings in the April transfer window, according to reports Berita Harian and The Star Online. Following Kelantan's 2-1 defeat to East Coast rivals Terengganu on Saturday night, new head coach Azraai Khor expressed his disappointment with his foreign players, saying that the close match was decided by the Turtles' superior import players.
On Monday morning, Berita Harian published that Kelantan FA president Tan Sri Annuar Musa is providing trials to several foreign candidates, with two Argentines reportedly already rejected. Also set to undergo trial are two African players, Benin's Adjai Moussa-Ajayi Musa, and Austin Amutu from Nigeria.
Meanwhile Sime Darby coach Ismail Zakaria on Sunday told The Star that the Giant Killers are looking to bring in new foreign signings to replace their current foreign players, and have identified a Brazilian striker and will find a new foreign centreback. Sime Darby currently sit at bottom of the league, with just one point from six matches.
Coincidentally, both teams will meet in a two-legged quarter-final FA Cup tie, with the first leg played at Sime Darby's ground, the Selayang Stadium on Tuesday night.