Source : New SabahTimes




IMPRESSSIVE … Arkadiusz Jerzy Zarlzynski or known as Eric (red) among his team-mates is slowly adapting into the team.


KOTA KINABALU: Rahman Zakaria has warned the Rhinos not to underestimate their opponents when they resume their Premier League challenge by taking on KL Plus FC at the Likas Stadium tonight.

He said it would be unwise to think that they can take KL Plus FC lightly despite the fact that they are currently languishing at the bottom of the 11-team standings.

“We should not get carried away by the fact that we have done well in the FA Cup as well as the Malaysia Cup.

“Although they may be at the bottom of the standings, but this is going to be another tough game for us. So we have to be prepared for it and only the better team will win the battle,” the Rhinos’ team manager said.

“As I have said all along, we shouldn’t be complacent. We have to give the best we can in every match … be it in the FA Cup, Malaysia Cup or the Premier League.

“We have to show that we are the team to watch (this season), and I firmly believe that if the players maintain the good work and try to improve their game to the next level, I think, we have what it takes to challenge for honours in any of the competitions in the M-League,” Rahman added.

“We have to continue to display high fighting spirit with strong commitment and determination. So far, we are very happy with the players. They have been great. They have played with high spirit and their commitment and dedication were never in doubt.

While having a good start in the FA Cup and Malaysia Cup where the Rhinos have beaten two Super League outfits – Melaka (2-1) and Perak (1-0) – but they have been seen struggling for good results in the Premier League despite playing relatively well in all their games.

After five matches thus far in the Premier League, the Rhinos merely managed to register one victory and that was an away tie against Kuala Muda Naza, two draws and two defeats.

They were held to a two-all draw by Selangor PKNS in the opener and one-all draw by Kelantan – both at home.

They lost to Kuala Lumpur 1-0 in an away battle and succumbed to a home defeat at the hands of Armed Forces (1-0).

For tonight’s game, Rahman said there are unlikely to be any major changes to the squad that started the FA Cup and Malaysia Cup games.

“I don’t see any reshuffle in the team. These players (who started the FA Cup and Malaysia Cup), have done pretty well, and we hope they will continue to show such high-level performances,” said Rahman.

If that’s the case, then Charles Obi, the team’s leading scorer with seven goals in all competitions, will again spearhead the attack together with his Polish striking partner Arkadiusz Jerzy Zarlzynski.

Down on the right flank will be youngster Zulamri Muhammad with P. Rajes on the left.

Rosdin Wasli and Chow Chee Wing will man the engine room for the Rhinos with the four-man defence comprising team captain Ronny Harun, Ahmad Tharmini Saiban, Prince and S. Sunder.

G. Jeevanatham would remain as the number one ball stopper for the team with youngster Harold John as the number two.

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