BY ZULHILMI ZAINAL Follow on Twitter
Selangor could only record a 2-1 win over Premier League side PDRM in their friendly on Friday evening, despite fielding six new foreign trialists at one point in the second half of the match.
The Red Giants started with their local players and Nigerian centre back Ugo Ukah and Liberian forward Francis 'Forkey' Doe, and the first half ended 2-1. In the second, head coach P. Maniam brought on more trialists, but his side could not add more goals.
Maniam was understandably unimpressed with the trialists' performance, describing them as not playing up to the Red Giants' required standards.
"I am not impressed with the players who have turned up for the trial, and there will be better players to come.
"Tomorrow morning (Saturday) we will hold a sparring match with our President's Cup squad, so they (foreign trialists) will be there, and will be observed again.
"But today, they didn't play up to the standards required by Selangor," revealed the recently-appointed Selangor boss.
He however was happy with the performance shown by his eight young players, who have been promoted from the President's Cup squad to bolster the side following an exodus of senior players after the end of the 2016 season.
Maniam was particularly impressed with two of them, 20-year old defender K. Kannan and 18-year old Malaysia U19 captain Syahmi Safari. The former scored Selangor's first goal in the match.
"I think Syahmi and Kannan played very well, I was impressed with their performance, and they combined very well with the more senior players," admitted the 48-year old coach.
Maniam also spoke about former Felda United striker Francis Doe who, despite earlier reports of him having already signed with the Red Giants, is still also a trialist at the moment.
"Doe still has his touches, but needs to work on his fitness. So we'll spend one more week to look at his progress before deciding (to sign him or not)," explained the former Selangor player.
Maniam also added that Selangor's next friendly will likely be against Terengganu at the Selayang Municipal Stadium, with the date announced later. Indonesia star Andik Vermansah meanwhile will be returning to Malaysia on January 10, following recuperation for the injury he sustained in the recent AFF Cup.