KUALA LUMPUR: Police are confident of a top-two finish in this year’s Premier League, which begins next month, following the signing of three foreign imports.
Police FA secretary-general ACP Zulkefly Yahya based his optimism on the presence of Lee Chang Hoon (South Korea), Benjamin Redzovic (Montenegro) and Adrezinho (Brazil).
The Brazilian is back with the team after a two-year spell from 2015 while Benjamin’s younger brother, Argzim, has been retained for another season.
“We are confident we can do much better than last season’s fifth placing with the presence of our foreign imports, who have all signed one-year contracts with us.
“We have set our coach (Mohd Fauzi Pilus) a target of either winning the Premier League or finishing as runners-up so that we can be promoted to the elite Super League next year,” he told a press conference after the signing ceremony involving the three foreign imports here yesterday.
He said that in a bid to cut costs, the team would comprise mostly police personnel as well as the two local players retained – Muhammad Fakhrul Aiman Sidid and Shahurain Abu Samah.
Zulkefly explained that he was confident of a top-two finish after watching the team’s solid performances in their pre-season friendlies, with Lee and Benjamin being the stand-out players.
Team manager Kamarul Ariffin Mohd Shahar shared his views, saying: “After several warm-up matches recently, including one against Malaysia Cup champions Perak, I am optimistic we can go far in the Premier League.”
Last year, Police also made it to the second round of the FA Cup, but failed to get past the group stage of the Malaysia Cup after finishing last in the four-team Group B.- Bernama