Amri, Andik re­turn to the front­line

New Straits Times - - Sport - RE­PORTS BY AJITPAL SINGH ajit­pals­ingh@nst.com.my

COACH P. Ma­niam ex­pects bet­ter days for Se­lan­gor fol­low­ing the re­turn of for­wards Amri Yahyah and In­done­sian in­ter­na­tional Andik Ver­man­syah.

Both play­ers, along with Fran­cis Doe, will mar­shal Se­lan­gor’s at­tack when they en­ter­tain Pa­hang in a Su­per League match at Selayang Sta­dium today.

Amri re­turned to Se­lan­gor re­cently fol­low­ing an un­suc­cess­ful half-sea­son stint with Me­laka while Andik will play his first com­pet­i­tive match today since in­jur­ing his knee in last year’s AFF Cup.

Ma­niam is op­ti­mistic the trio will of­fer pos­i­tives to Se­lan­gor in the re­main­der of the sea­son.

“Their in­clu­sions have given me more op­tions in at­tack. Andik, Amri and Doe have been com­bin­ing well in train­ing.

“How­ever, I want them to be team play­ers. They must help our de­fence when re­quired and also cre­ate and score goals.

“Pa­hang are among the lead­ing con­tenders this sea­son and it will not be easy to con­tain them,” said Ma­niam yes­ter­day.

Pa­hang are sec­ond in the stand­ing with 21 points while Se­lan­gor are fourth on 17.

Se­lan­gor are look­ing for a for­eign striker to boost their at­tack. It is learnt that Doe or Ti­mor Leste’s for­ward Ju­liano Fer­nan­des will be dropped if they find the right for­eign player be­fore the mid-sea­son trans­fer win­dow ends on June 11.

Doe, who has scored five goals, has also re­ceived an of­fer from Felda United.

“We want to see whether we can get a good for­eign striker. Sev­eral play­ers from Ar­gentina and Brazil will be on trial with the club on Thurs­day and Fri­day,” said Ma­niam.

The coach also as­pires to guide his team to suc­cess in the Malaysia Cup, where Se­lan­gor have been drawn with Darul Ta’zim, Sarawak and Tereng­ganu in Group D.

“We made the fi­nal of the Malaysia Cup in the past two years, and so we will try to do so again.

“We will need to plan prop­erly to bal­ance both the league and the Malaysia Cup. Our tar­get for the league is top five,” Ma­niam added.

Se­lan­gor’s Andik Ver­man­syah (top) is set to play against Pa­hang af­ter in­jury lay­off.

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