KE­LAN­TAN SET TO SELL GHAD­DAR

Lebanese striker is hot prop­erty in trans­fer win­dow

New Straits Times - - Sport -

AJITPAL SINGH ajit­pals­ingh@nst.com.my

LOVE it or hate it, the mid-sea­son trans­fer win­dow, which opens to­mor­row, will be pro­vid­ing unique ex­cite­ment. Teams in the M-League will be look­ing to sell, buy, loan or ter­mi­nate play­ers’ con­tracts un­til the June 11 dead­line in their bid to bol­ster their sea­son

This time, for­eign sign­ings in the MLeague who were pre­vi­ously barred from switch­ing clubs dur­ing the mid-sea­son trans­fer win­dow, are now al­lowed to do so.

The new rul­ing has cre­ated ex­cite­ment for the rich teams as they can pinch top per­form­ing for­eign play­ers from bud­get­tight clubs.

Ke­lan­tan striker Mohammed Ghad­dar is now the hottest prop­erty in the Su­per League hav­ing scored 18 goals in 12 rounds of matches. The Lebanese has been of­fered a lu­cra­tive of­fer by a lo­cal club, ru­moured to be Darul Ta’zim.

His move looks im­mi­nent as Ke­lan­tan need funds to set­tle pre­vi­ous sea­sons’ debts or face the risk of de­mo­tion by de­fault by Oct 31.

Darul Ta’zim, the big­gest club in the coun­try, need a stronger op­tion in at­tack. The for­mer AFC Cup win­ners are likely to re­lease Ar­gen­tine-Iraqi foot­baller Brian Fer­reira.

Ke­lan­tan are also lin­ing up to re­place in­jury-prone Brazil­ian Alessan­dro Celin with Gam­bian Sanna Nyassi while they also have Ugan­dan Tony Mawe­jje on trial.

But Ke­lan­tan can only sign new play­ers if they make profit from the sale of those in their cur­rent squad fol­low­ing a trans­fer ban im­posed re­cently for not honour­ing the regis­tra­tion rul­ing.

Se­lan­gor are keen to re-reg­is­ter In­done­sian Andik Ver­man­syah and the mid­fielder is ex­pected to re­place Ro­ma­nian Vik­tor

Astafei.

Se­lan­gor could take stern ac­tion by drop­ping Liberian sign­ing Forkey Doe who was ar­rested re­cently for dis­play­ing false num­ber plates on his ve­hi­cle. He was fined RM6,000 on May

10 by the mag­is­trate’s court in Petaling Jaya.

The FA of Se­lan­gor will de­cide next week whether to take dis­ci­plinary ac­tion against him.

“Doe has re­turned to train­ing. He was fined for us­ing a car that did not be­long to him… ap­par­ently he did not know.

“How­ever, he has brought bad pub­lic­ity to Se­lan­gor. FAS pro-league and dis­ci­plinary com­mit­tees will de­cide next week whether to take ac­tion,” FAS pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Suba­han Ka­mal told Time­s­port.

PKNS are ex­pected to axe Ar­gen­tine Lu­cas Espin­dola, who is the team’s se­cond high­est scorer with five goals, and util­ity for­ward Ma­tias Hadwa of Pales­tine.

Coach E. Elavarasan wants to strengthen his mid­field and Por­tuguese Fabio Fer­reira could be the per­fect op­tion.

Felda United are likely to drop Ar­gen­tine striker Gas­ton Cel­lerino, who has hardly fig­ured in coach B. Sathi­anathan’s plans since he took over in Fe­bru­ary. Sathi­anathan also wants Ar­gen­tine Lu­cas Cano and Lebanese cen­tre-back Mootaz El Jounaidi to buck up and he has given them one fi­nal chance against Malacca on May 24 to make an im­pres­sion.

As for Malacca, Eric Wil­liams’ side are likely to drop un­der­per­form­ing Ghana de­fender God­win An­twi and Ar­gentina striker Ser­gio Aguero, who has fired blanks in the league.

Last sea­son’s Pre­mier League top scorer Ilija Spa­so­je­vic has been dis­ap­point­ing so far with only three goals. Wil­liams is los­ing pa­tience and the Mon­tene­gro striker’s ser­vices could also be ter­mi­nated. Pa­hang will axe Amer­i­can-born for­ward Chinedu Dike, who was hardly used by coach Dol­lah Salleh, when the trans­fer win­dow opens.

Dol­lah has signed for­mer Boca Ju­niors striker Yamil Romero as a re­place­ment and he will be avail­able against Se­lan­gor in a Su­per League match on May 24.

Ke­lan­tan striker Mohammed Ghad­dar has scored 18 goals in 12 rounds of Su­per League matches.

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