No place for shirkers

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KOTA KINABALU: There is no place for shirkers in the current Sabah squad … so are players with discipline problems.

Under-performing players may also find their life with the team cut short, as the Sabah FA is set to wield the axe.

Yesterday, the FA Vice President I Datuk Osman Jamal, the man in charge of the state team’s management committee, did not mince his words when he said that players that failed to play up to expectations as stipulated under their contracts will be dropped.

He also said that players with discipline problems will also face a similar fate.

These are among the issues that will top the agenda when the state team management committee holds it meeting next week.

“We will be having a meeting on August 12. Among the topics to be discussed are our preparations for the Malaysia Cup. We would also elaborate on players whereby those players that did not perform up to expectations as according to their contracts will be dropped.

“Players with discipline records will also be dropped,” said Osman.

He also revealed their plans to bring in new players in a bid to beef up their side for the Malaysia Cup as well as in their preparations for the Super League next season.

“Maybe we will get new players. In fact we have identified four to six players. We need to strengthen areas where we are weak at such as the midfield and defence.

“We might also look into the possibility of strengthening our attack with one or two strikers to help out Mohd Farid Ideris,” said Osman.

Sabah under the watchful eyes of the only foreign coach in Gary Phillips in the M-League finally made it back into the top flight action next season after concluding their Premier League challenge second behind eventual winners KL Felda United.

They registered a promising record in the League and could have put the icing on the cake if they had been more consistent in their challenge, especially against the lower teams.

Anyway, recording 15 wins, three draws and a mere four defeats from 22 games is certainly quite an achievement for a new-look side.

They scored a total of 42 goals and conceded 14, which is seen as one of the best defence records in the League.

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