KUCHING: The Sarawak FA team, who are in danger of being relegated to the M3 League next season, are back in training after a two-week break.
Head coach Mohamad Denny Da’ail said the players have been back in training since last week.
“We are doing the necessary preparations ahead of the Premier League play-off match which we hope we can win,” he told TribuneSports.
However, he was unable to confirm the exact date of the play-off match.
“As far as I know there is no official date yet for the match,” he said.
Asked about his confidence level with his team”s winning chance, Denny said: “We don’t want to take it easy and if we are destined to face Kuching FA then it will be exciting match.”
“Exciting because Kuching FA are a team having the services of many experienced players who have played in the Super League and Premier League unlike us — the majority of whom new talents are being polished to become good future players,” he said.
Kuching FA head coach Ideris Untong, meanwhile, said he and his players have not been thinking about the play-off match as they are still fully focused on their remaining three M3 League games which will be played at Sarawak Stadium.
“Presently, our focus is to win the remaining games. Only ater that will we think about the Premier League play-off match,” he added.
Nevertheless, he and his players hoped to win the match and gain promotion to the Premier League next year.
Asked on the date of the play-off match, he said there has been no confirmation yet, adding that his team’s last match in the M3 League will be on Nov 16.
But with the current league’s standing it is almost certain Kelantan United will finish as the league champions this season.
Kuching FA collected 53 points from 23 matches while Kelantan United are way ahead with 62 points. Even if Kelantan United lose their last two matches and Kuching FA win the three matches, they will share 62 points, but Kelantan United will win on goal difference.