KOTA KINABALU: The Rhinos may unveil its latest signing – a Polish striker – when they take on Kelantan in a Premier League tie at the Likas Stadium tonight.
It’s now only a matter of getting his International Transfer Certificate (ITC) before the newly hired hit-man can make his debut. Arkadiusz Gerzy Zarlzynski, who turns 32 on April 23, last played for Bath FC in England. He can add an extra bite at the Rhinos frontline if he gets the nod. They already have current Premier League leading scorer Charles Obi in their side.
With Arkadiusz’s presence, it may be a signal for the eventual departure of Namibian striker Paulus Shitaleni Shipanga. It is very unlikely that Sabah will want three foreign strikers in their team. However, at press time, Paulus is still a Rhino, but a reliable source said that he is unlikely to be part of the team facing Kelantan.
Sabah is also trying to get the services of a Nigerian defensive midfielder in Prince Eboagwa Etuwe. But nothing has been finalised as there are certain things that need to be thrashed out.
“We have done everything except for his ITC. We hope we will be able to get his ITC in time for the match. His presence will surely strengthen us,” said the Rhinos team manager Rahman Zakaria.
“As far as we are concerned, he is still in the team. But whether he will be part of the squad tomorrow (tonight), only the coach will know because he is the one who picks the squad.” Rahman said on Paulus’ position,
“This is another important match for us because we have not won a home match yet. We won in our last outing (against Kuala Muda Naza – with Sabah winning 2-1 in an away battle), and I really hope we can continue with our winning momentum. A victory will put us in a better position in the standings,” said Rahman.
“After the victory, we should be able to play with more confidence. We must try to get rid of the ‘complacency’ attitude.
On the squad for tonight’s clash, Rahman said that there is unlikely to be any big changes as all the players are available for the clash.
“Ahmad Tharmini is still recovering from a hamstring, but I think he should be okay for the match. Burhan Ajui and Henry Soimpon, who went down with fever, have recovered too, and should be in the team,” said Rahman.