Kedah coach Nidzam Adzha has warned his players that there will be no room for complacency when they meet third placed Pahang in a Super League clash at the Darul Makmur Stadium in Kuantan on Saturday.
With three games remaining in the season, the Red Eagles are now second in the 12-team standings with 34 points – four points ahead of Pahang who are third. .
Nidzam believes the Elephants are no pushovers, despite without head coach Dollah Salleh – who has been banned for 18 months by the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) for criticising match officials .
“Pahang will definitely still be a tough side to beat as they have a strong set of players. I believe even without Dollah’s presence on the bench, they are still a lethal side.
“So far our performance has been consistent but we cannot afford to slack at this stage of the league.
“We have to be at our best against Pahang in Kuantan. Due to the hectic schedule, the boys are not only tired but some are carrying injuries. Hopefully we can do well with some of the reserves who will be thrown into the fray.
The Red Eagles are currently in a limbo as three of their pivotal players are on the crock list – Danish ace Ken Ilso (hamstring), Kosovan playmaker Liridon Krasniqi (groin) and Fakri Saarani (hamstring).
According to Nidzam, it was fortunate that they have capable replacements to fill in the gap. Former JDT player Akram Mahinan and youngster Syafiq Ahmad are among the capable replacements.
“It’s quite a blow for the team as the injured players have played an important role thus far. The extent of their injuries will only known when we get their medical report,” added Nidzam who hopes for at least one point in Kuantan. – BY ALVIN OH