Dol­lah could un­leash new sign­ing against Kedah in FA Cup fi­nal

New Straits Times - - Sport -


AR­GEN­TINE Yamil Romero could of­fer an el­e­ment of sur­prise for Pa­hang when they take on Kedah in the FA Cup fi­nal at Shah Alam Sta­dium on Satur­day. The 22-year-old at­tack­ing mid­fielder was reg­is­tered by Pa­hang yes­ter­day at the ex­pense of for­mer Nige­rian in­ter­na­tional Chinedu Dike, who was re­leased due to poor form.

Dike was used mainly as a sec­ond half sub­sti­tute by coach Dol­lah Salleh, with the 30-year-old scor­ing three goals for the east coast side.

A for­mer Boca Ju­niors B and Club Atletico Ju­ven­tud Unida player, Romero was tested for the first time in the 5-0 thrash­ing of FAM Cup side Shahzan Muda in a friendly in Kuantan on Tues­day. He scored two goals.

Dol­lah said the Ar­gen­tine has ex­cel­lent skills and scor­ing touches, and also fits well as a sec­ond striker.

“How­ever, I do not want to jump to any con­clu­sion at this stage on whether he will play in the FA Cup fi­nal. My first im­pres­sion of him is good but I am still eval­u­at­ing his form,” Dol­lah told Time­s­port yes­ter­day.

“There are a lot of things that I need to as­sess as he is a new sign­ing. We need to check his fit­ness level be­fore we can push him harder in train­ing.”

Romero’s im­pend­ing M-League de­but in the FA Cup fi­nal may give Pa­hang an added boost as Kedah do not have any in­for­ma­tion on the player’s abil­i­ties.

The match fit­ness of cen­tre-back Heo Jae Won is also a con­cern for Dol­lah fol­low­ing a mi­nor ham­string in­jury the South Korean suf­fered in the FA Cup semi-fi­nal re­turn leg match against Ne­gri Sem­bi­lan on April 30.

Jae Won scored a goal but lasted only 54 min­utes be­fore be­ing re­placed by Afif Amirudin in Paroi.

“Jae Won’s quick de­ci­sion to sig­nal to the bench when he got in­jured in Paroi of­fers him a good chance of play­ing in the fi­nal. His ham­string in­jury could have been worse had he con­tin­ued play­ing.

“He did not show any signs of dis­com­fort when I tested him for 20 min­utes against Shahzan Muda. I think he should be okay for the fi­nal,” said the for­mer in­ter­na­tional.

Pa­hang’s Brazil­ian top scorer Matheus Alves is also re­cov­er­ing from a mi­nor knock.

“Alves’s avail­abil­ity for the fi­nal is cru­cial. I took a pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sure of not play­ing him in the friendly yes­ter­day. He is re­spond­ing well and looks fit,” Dol­lah added.

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