Joseph believes other reasons behind MISC-Mifa’s poor run
MISC-MIFA’s miserable run on their Premier League debut has raised suspicion of match-fixing within the team.
Coach Jacob Joseph labelled some of his players as dishonest after the 7-2 thrashing by Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) in a Premier League at MBPJ Stadium on Friday.
It was not the first time they had lost badly in the M-League. In the FA Cup last month, they were hammered 6-3 by Sarawak.
The newly promoted side are currently 11th in the standings with one win and six defeats, scoring 14 goals and conceding 23.
Joseph is feeling the heat as the club’s target is to make the top five in the first half of the season for qualification to the Malaysia Cup.
The coach has informed the management that some players could be involved in match-fixing but they have told him to provide solid evidence.
“After the opening two defeats in January, I decided to only reveal my starting line-up to the players on matchdays,” Joseph told Timesport yesterday.
“It was a move to keep the players guessing as I already felt then that some were dishonest.
“As an experienced coach, I know what my players are capable of and right now, some are not performing.
“They do very well in training but make silly mistakes in matches. My defenders and goalkeepers have been letting in early and soft goals.
“In the thrashing by Sarawak in last month’s FA Cup match, I suspected something was not right and had to make a substitution after we let in four silly goals.”
In the defeat to UiTM on Friday, Joseph said his defenders were not playing to instructions.
“I had fielded the same line up that lost 2-1 to Negri on Feb 28 for yesterday’s (Friday) match,” he said. “My Argentine centre-back Alan Aciar left holes at the back as he often moved forward. I had to substitute him in the 42nd minute. My keeper Zulfadhli (Mohamed) was also clumsy.
“I am bemused with the team’s performances this season. My team have limitations but I never expected things to be so bad.”
Joseph said he is also unhappy with the form of foreign signings Steven Imbiri of Indonesia and Michael Ijezie of Nigeria.
“I signed Imbiri because the agent said he was a midfielder. But today, Imbiri is saying that he is a winger and that he has never played in central midfield.
“Ijezie does not have proper technique and is very poor. Imbiri has no match fitness while Aciar is still struggling to adapt to our game.
“I will make changes when the mid-season transfer window opens in May. I plan to replace two foreigners and also some locals,” Joseph added.