Kota Kinabalu: The State senior football team would soon welcome two additional players into its Malaysia Cup squad after successfully negotiating a loan deal with Super League side, Johor, yesterday.
The two players who would be joining the state team are Ismail Suboh and Redzuan Mohd Radzy.
The announcement was made by Sabah FA Secretary General, Alijus Sipil, who said the two players would be joining the state team at the soonest possible juncture.
“We have successfully secured two players from Johor to join us in our Malaysia Cup campaign this season.
“Ismail Suboh and Redzuan Mohd Radzy would be joining us to begin training at the soonest possible juncture,” said Alijus, adding that the confirmation from Johor was timely following a similar earlier deal with Sarawak which failed to materialise.
Alijus also revealed that efforts are under way to organise friendly matches for the State squad at the end of next week.
“The matches that we are arranging would likely be against teams from Selangor and Federal Territory.
“We are trying to organise at least four matches to give the team some preparation for the Cup challenge, which would begin in the middle of next month,” he said.
Sabah had earlier opted to go for two players attached with the Crocs but the Sarawak FA decided at the last minute not to release its players citing fear of injuries as the reason for their decision.
Apart from Ismail and Redzuan, Sabah earlier secured the services of 26-year-old Mohd Afif bin Amiruddin, also on loan from Premier League side Police.
Mohd Afif arrived in the state and has begun training with the Sabah players last week and is already getting suited with his new environment.
He is confident, under the leadership of Gary Phillips that Sabah would do well in the Malaysia Cup tournament.