Focus on the game

Sarawak assistant coach Ian Gillan (second right) observes the players during their training session ahead of their match against PDRM at the State Stadium tomorrow. Photo: Ghazali Bujang

Crocs told not to be distracted by FAS issue

KUCHING: Sarawak players are urged to forget about the Sarawak Football Association (FAS) problem which involves the issue of 50 per cent cut of grants from the Malaysian Football League (MFL).

Instead they should focus on the clash against PDRM in the Premier League match at the State Stadium here tomorrow afternoon (Saturday).

One of Sarawak’s football observers said: “Let the management manages the issue, the players should focus on their respective duties.

“Sarawak are not the only one facing the issue as six other teams are also involved,” he added.

He said more importantly now is for the Crocs to go all out so that they can play in the Premier League next season.

“I think there’s still room and chance for them to win this season to ensure their Premier League place next season is guaranteed,” he said.

FAS recently received a letter from the Malaysian Football League (MFL) which stated that  a 50 per cent fine has been imposed on the team due to a delay in registering their players for the 2019 season. Sarawak are among the seven teams involved.

However, FAS was disappointed with the MFL’s action and has sent a letter of appeal. Earlier on, FAS had already submitted the matter in details to MFL.

Sarawak are currently eighth on the league table with two wins and two draws. They have lost five matches.

They need to get out of second bottom spot to avoid being dropped into the M3 League next season.

Meanwhile, the Crocs are still under the guidance of temporary coach Mohamad Denny Da’ail.