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Perak TBG sets lofty target for 2017 Super League


 BY       OOI KIN FAI      Follow on Twitter


In the 2016 Super League season, Perak finished comfortably in mid-table in the 6th spot. But safety was only secured in the penultimate match after defeating Selangor in an away match. Having survived yet another season after flirting with relegation, the Bos Gaurus want the new season to go in a different direction.

"We aim for the top three positions in the Super League next season as well as a semi-final or final appearance in the Malaysia Cup and FA Cup. Therefore, we'll need to add in reputable players to be able to match the likes of JDT [Johor Darul Ta'zim], Selangor, Felda and Kedah," said Dato' Jamal Mohd Aris, the Gen-Sec of Perak Football Association (PAFA).

So far, Perak and Karl-Heinz Weigang have made inroads towards finalising the squad for the new season with the acquisitions of Idris Ahmad [Felda United], Ibrahim Aziz [DRB-HICOM], K. Sathiya [DRB-HICOM], Khairul Amri [Penang], Nizad Ayub [MOF] to add to the duo from JDT in Nazrin Nawi and Jasazrin Jamaluddin.

More importantly for Perak are the retention of key individuals from their existing squads who came through the ranks at various age levels, players who knows what it means to play for the team. Nasir Basharuddin, Nazirul Naim, Shahrul Saad and Kenny Palraj have all agreed to contract extensions and that is a big boost to the team.

"There are three spots to fill on the foreign players quota and now we are pending contract negotiations with the players. We will announce accordingly once we have finalised negotiations between PAFA and the players' agents," said Weigang on the imports to add to the retained Thiago Aquino.

Often times, Perak have changed the foreign imports during the mid-season transfer window and that only means tha those players aren't performing at a sufficient level consistenly. Should Weigang be able to buck this trend and find the right players from the very start, Perak could make a real push to achieve those lofty targets.

One player that has caught the eye after featuring for Perak in the early part of the 2016 season and subsequently, more prominently for the Malaysia U-22 team is Ahmad Khairil Anuar. Commonly referred to as just "Beto", he is being eyed by several Super League teams interested to acquire his service. Losing a player with the promise that Beto has will be a cruel blow and signs of short-term thinking from the PAFA management.

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