Axe to fall

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KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah FA is expected to wield the axe on under-performing players.

Those who are not up to their expectations are likely to be shown the exit door and have their contracts terminated.

And it may happen before the start of the Malaysia Cup competition which is expected to kick off in mid September.

Yesterday, Alijus Hj Sipil did not hide the FA’s intention of getting rid of the under-achievers.

“The team management is currently reviewing the performances of the players based on their outings in the just concluded Premier League.

“A decision is going to be made, and there is a possibility of dropping and terminating the contracts of players who are not up to expectations,” the FA Secretary General said.

In a related development, Alijus said that they are contemplating on strengthening the State squad for the Malaysia Cup.

However, for now, they still need to wait for the transfer window to be opened before they could sign any players on loan.

Alijus said, for the Malaysia Cup, each team is allowed to sign a maximum of three players (on loan).

“We are trying to beef up our squad by getting new players on loan. But we are only allowed to get players from teams who are not featuring in the Malaysia Cup.

“The transfer window will be opened after the completion of the Super League, which is only three matches away.

It is believed that Sabah coach and manager Gary Phillips has already identified his men.

It is reliably learnt that an attacking midfielder from Police and two wide players from neighbouring Sarawak are on his radar.

And it is also believed that he has already made his recommendations to the team management.

The squad is currently having a two-week break after concluding their Premier League challenge, by finishing second behind champions KL Felda United.

The feat saw them clinch one of the two promotion slots after a five-year wait.

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