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Dol­lah proves his doubters wrong

New Straits Times - - Sport -

RE­PORTS BY AJITPAL SINGH ajit­pals­ingh@nst.com.my

DOL­LAH Salleh has hit back at the crit­ics who ques­tioned his coach­ing abil­i­ties after guid­ing Pa­hang on Satur­day to the FA Cup fi­nal. Pa­hang de­feated Ne­gri Sem­bi­lan 3-1 on ag­gre­gate fol­low­ing a 2-1 win over the Premier League lead­ers in the semi-fi­nal re­turn leg in Paroi.

South Korean cen­tre-back Heo Jae Won (sixth) and D. Christie Jayasee­lan (90th) net­ted for an in­sipid Pa­hang while Bruno Cas­tan­heira re­sponded for Ne­gri in the 68th minute. THE Pa­hang FA (PFA) are tight-lipped but the process to nat­u­ralise Mo­hamadou Su­mareh has started and the Gam­bian could be reg­is­tered as a local player be­fore the mid-sea­son trans­fer win­dow closes on June 11.

Aus­tralian-born Matthew Davies and Span­ish-born Kiko Insa are the cur­rent nat­u­ralised play­ers with Pa­hang.

If Su­mareh is granted cit­i­zen­ship, Pa­hang will have seven for­eign-born (in­clud­ing four im­ports) in their line up for the MLeague.

The 26-year-old winger stud­ied in Malaysia 11 years ago be­fore he re­turned to Gam­bia to play pro­fes­sional foot­ball in 2010. How­ever, Su­mareh re­turned to

PIC BY IQ­MAL HAQIM ROSMAN

Pa­hang’s Heo Jae Won (No 15) scores past Ne­gri Sem­bi­lan goal­keeper Sai­ful Amar Su­dar in their FA Cup re­turn leg in Paroi on Satur­day.

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