Foursome here for trials

Source : New SabahTimes

KOTA KINABALU: Two Nigerians, one Moroccan and a Chilean are in town to attend trials with the Rhinos.

However, not much details are available on any of the players apart from their positions.

Sabah FA Executive Secretary Harry Baking said with the exception of the Moroccan, who plays as a striker, the other three are midfielders.

“We are also expecting a Brazilian striker to arrive,” said Harry, referring to Luiz Fernando Paulino Gomes, who has Champions League experience under his belt.

“He is in Lisbon, Portugal now. He’s having a bit of a problem, but it will be okay. We are expecting him to be here by Monday,” Harry added.

According to Harry, the foursome, as well as the Brazilian striker, if he arrives in time, will be put to their first test when Sabah take on the visiting Korean Police Agency team in a friendly.

“We have fixed January 15 (Monday) to play the friendly at the Likas Stadium (7.30pm),” said Harry.

For the record, Sabah are looking for one more foreign player, preferably a defensive midfielder to complete its foreign quota signings, having secured the services of a Nigerian striker Charles Obi and Namibian striker Paulus Shitaleni Shipanga.

However, there is also a possibility that they might sign a striker if any of the hopefuls prove to be good.

And if that happens, then they would have to get rid of one of their current foreign players, with Paulus the likely one to go as Obi is doing great at the moment, scoring four goals in four matches.

Sabah are currently languishing in eighth in the 11-team standings on four points from one win and one draw.

As the Premier League is currently on a 10-day break, the Sabah FA hopes to secure a midfielder to strengthen the side when the league resumes on January 19 with Sabah taking on Kelantan in a home battle.

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