Romero not an is­sue, says An­der­son

New Straits Times - - Sport -

AS Pa­hang pre­pare to un­leash new sign­ing Yamil Romero in to­mor­row’s FA Cup fi­nal, Kedah de­fender Zachary An­der­son is un­fazed about the prospect of fac­ing an un­fa­mil­iar foe.

While brush­ing off the pos­si­ble im­pact of Romero on the un­sus­pect­ing Kedah de­fence, An­der­son pointed to Kedah’s dom­i­nant 4-1 win over Pa­hang in a Su­per League match on Feb 11 as rea­son to be con­fi­dent.

Kedah ran ram­pant then at the Daru­la­man Sta­dium de­spite Pa­hang field­ing four im­ports in Matheus Alves, Chinedu Bright Dike, Mo­hamadou Su­mareh and Heo Jae-Won in ad­di­tion to nat­u­ralised play­ers Matthew Davies and Kiko Insa.

“I don’t re­ally care to be hon­est,” An­der­son told Time­s­port when asked what he knew of Ar­gen­tine Romero. “We are only wor­ried about our own team and about our own per­for­mances.

“There is talk about Pa­hang hav­ing six for­eign­ers, in­clud­ing two nat­u­ralised play­ers, but we are very con­fi­dent in our team.

“So we will go into the game with plenty of con­fi­dence af­ter the re­sult at home the last time we played them. It’s a fi­nal so both teams will be ready.”

An­der­son missed Kedah’s last two matches with a hip in­jury as Syawal Nordin ably filled in for him but the Aus­tralian de­clared him­self fit and ready to play in his first ma­jor cup fi­nal for Kedah.

“I’ve been work­ing quite hard over the last two weeks to be ready for this game,” said An­der­son, 26, fol­low­ing the team’s ar­rival at Subang air­port yes­ter­day.

“The team’s pre­pared very well but come Satur­day night, hope­fully I will be ready to go and the team will get a good re­sult.” Devinder Singh

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