Ne­gri, Tereng­ganu seek league cheer

New Straits Times - - Sport -

NE­GRI Sem­bi­lan and Tereng­ganu seek to put last week­end’s FA Cup dis­ap­point­ment be­hind them as they turn their fo­cus back to the pro­mo­tion chase in the Premier League to­day.

Lead­ers Ne­gri, who have a three-point cush­ion over sec­ond­placed Tereng­ganu, will be con­fi­dent of vic­tory over Armed Forces, who elected to sac­ri­fice home ground ad­van­tage by hav­ing the match played at Paroi in­stead of Tan­jung Malim.

Tereng­ganu, mean­while, visit Kota Kinabalu to face Sabah with one eye on the chas­ing pack led by Perak SEDC as the league en­ters the sec­ond round.

Ne­gri coach Asri Ning­gal is count­ing the cost of a 1-0 de­feat to Pa­hang in the FA Cup semi­fi­nal, first leg last Sun­day which ended their 15-match un­beaten run in all com­pe­ti­tions this year.

Most im­por­tantly is the loss of their top scorer Bruno Cas­tan­heira to a knee in­jury though Asri is con­fi­dent Ne­gri can cope with­out the Brazil­ian-Japanese for­ward.

“I don’t know yet whether Bruno can make to­mor­row’s match but if he can’t we will have an ad­e­quate re­place­ment since we have a 25-man squad with ev­ery­one hav­ing an equal chance to play,” Asri told Time­s­port yes­ter­day.

“Of course Bruno is our top scorer and an im­por­tant part of the squad but I’m sure who­ever re­places him will do his best.”

Asri has the op­tion of re­plac­ing

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