Two President’s Cuppers to train with seniors

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah coach manager Gary Phillips has roped in two teenagers from the President’s Cup squad to train together with the senior squad.

Sabri Sahar and Arfianshah Jaafar have been seen training together with the senior side since Tuesday.

Sabri is based at the Bukit Jalil Sports School and is currently waiting for his SPM result, while Arfianshah is a former team-mate of Sabah midfielder Christopher Musa.

The duo played for the Johor FC President’s Cup squad last season. They were both from the Bandar Penawar Sports School.

“Sabri is a talented young player. We will fly him to Tawau when there is a President’s Cup match. But he will be training with us because it is better for his development to train with better players.

Gary even contemplated to name Sabri in his first 18 squad when Sabah takes on lowly Johor MP Muar in a Premier League match at the Likas Stadium tonight.

“If we can get him registered in time for the clash, I might include him. If he can get into the team, maybe we could get to play him in some part of the game. It will be a good experience and exposure for him,” said Gary.

New Sabah Times Sports learnt that both Sabri and Arfianshah have both been registered with the President’s Cup squad, and it is believed that the Sabah FA had submitted all the documentation to the FA of Malaysia on January 26, which is the registration deadline for the President’s Cup that kicks off on Feb 24.

Sabri’s favourite position is in midfield but he could also play in attack or the flanks, while Arfianshah is a defender.

An unknown goalkeeper was also seen training with the team. He is the fourth custodian after Harold John, Mark Damun and Mohd Salawi Jasad.


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