SPE­CIAL HON­OUR FOR PKNS

Club to play against Sin­ga­pore in Sul­tan of Se­lan­gor’s Cup

New Straits Times - - Sport - RE­PORTS BY DEVINDER SINGH devinder@nst.com.my

IN a new blow to the FA of Se­lan­gor (FAS), the state team have been snubbed for this year’s an­nual Sul­tan of Se­lan­gor’s Cup match against a Sin­ga­pore Se­lec­tion with the in­vi­ta­tion go­ing to PKNS in­stead.

Sul­tan of Se­lan­gor’s Cup or­gan­is­ing chair­man Tan Sri Ab­dul Karim Mu­nisar, in a let­ter dated Mon­day, ex­tended the in­vi­ta­tion to Su­per League club PKNS to face the Sin­ga­pore Se­lec­tion on May 6 at the Na­tional Sta­dium in Kal­lang.

This would be only the sec­ond time that FAS have not been in­vited to put up a team in the an­nual se­ries which be­gan in 2001 af­ter the Pe­tal­ing Jaya Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil rep­re­sented the state in 2004.

A PKNS source said the club are hon­oured to be given the duty to rep­re­sent the state in the Sul­tan of Se­lan­gor’s Cup.

“We have only just re­ceived the in­vi­ta­tion and we ac­cept the call by His Royal High­ness (Sul­tan Shara­fud­din Idris Shah) to play in the Sul­tan of Se­lan­gor’s Cup against the Sin­ga­pore side,” the source told Time­s­port yesterday.

“We will make all the nec­es­sary prepa­ra­tions to en­sure we put up a com­pet­i­tive team ca­pa­ble of win­ning the match.”

The in­vi­ta­tion to PKNS comes af­ter FAS ig­nored the ad­vise of Tengku Amir Shah, the Raja Muda of Se­lan­gor, to re­vamp the as­so­ci­a­tion at their ex­tra­or­di­nary gen­eral meet­ing and elec­tions last month.

Prior to the start of the sea­son, FAS had also at­tempted to bar PKNS from play­ing in the MLeague al­though that mat­ter was re­solved with the FA of Malaysia’s as­sis­tance.

The source said the club will con­sult coach E. Elavarasan on the need to strengthen the team by invit­ing guest play­ers.

“We will dis­cuss with the coach whether we need ad­di­tional play­ers, if not then the cur­rent squad will play in the match.”

The source also con­firmed that PKNS will file a re­quest with MLeague or­gan­is­ers Foot­ball Malaysia LLP to resched­ule a home match against Kedah on May 6.

PKNS are cur­rently ninth in the Su­per League stand­ings and have not won in their last five matches in all com­pe­ti­tions while Se­lan­gor are fifth, four points ahead of PKNS.

Sin­ga­pore are the cur­rent hold­ers of the Sul­tan of Se­lan­gor’s Cup af­ter de­feat­ing Se­lan­gor 4-3 on penal­ties af­ter a 1-1 draw at the Shah Alam Sta­dium last year.

PIC BY LUQMAN HAKIM ZUBIR

PKNS’ Pa­trick Ronald­inho (cen­tre) is chal­lenged by Pe­nang play­ers in their Su­per League match on March 4. The match ended 1-1.

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