MORA PREACHES

Con­fi­dent Ghad­dar will fire on all cylin­ders for Darul Ta’zim

New Straits Times - - Sport -

RE­PORTS BY DEVINDER SINGH devinder@nst.com.my first half, maybe at only 80 per cent of the ag­gres­sive­ness we needed,” Mora told TV3 af­ter the match.

“We switched the for­ma­tion a bit to work bet­ter in the sec­ond half.

“With Ghad­dar it’s a mat­ter of time. When a striker has pos­si­bil­i­ties, that is a good thing.

“Tonight he was not very sharp but he will al­ways be a striker who scores. So lets just give him time. For me, he is a very good player and he will adapt to his team­mates soon.”

With Safiq Rahim sus­pended, Amir­ul­hadi took his place in the Darul Ta’zim mid­field while Ahmad Hazwan Bakri was sac­ri­ficed to ac­com­mo­date Ghad­dar.

PKNS lined up with in­jured de­fender Gon­zalo Soto while Safee Sali was omit­ted due to a clause fol­low­ing his trans­fer from Darul Ta’zim which barred him from fac­ing his former team.

Both sides hit the wood­work in the first half and only a fin­ger-tip save by Farizal Mar­lias de­nied K. Gu­rusamy from equal­is­ing for PKNS in stop­page-time.

“PKNS al­ways threat­ened and it was quite sur­pris­ing be­cause they played dif­fer­ently from usual,” added Mora. “They man­aged to pre­vent us from scor­ing in the first half. It was not the best night for us, es­pe­cially in terms of our fin­ish­ing.

“For now we are in first place and we will work to main­tain this spot. We are never com­fort­able un­til we win the cham­pi­onship.”

“But I’m glad we man­aged to se­cure the win de­spite the tired­ness.”

Sarawak climbed out of the rel­e­ga­tion zone af­ter hold­ing Perak 0-0 on a wa­ter-logged pitch in Ipoh as Malacca crashed to a 3-0 de­feat to Felda United in Jengka af­ter coach Eric Wil­liams was rested.

New­com­ers Mi­los Raick­ovic and Sahil Suhaimi both made their de­buts for Sarawak with coach David Usop hop­ing that the point marked a change in their for­tunes.

“They have been with us for just three days in train­ing and this was their first match,” said David.

“We were win­ning balls in the mid­field with Raick­ovic con­trol­ling play and mak­ing passes, while Sahil has got the speed but the pitch af­fected him.”

PIC BY OSMAN AD­NAN

Darul Ta’zim’s Mo­hammed Ghad­dar in ac­tion dur­ing their Su­per League match against PKNS on Wed­nes­day. Darul Ta’zim won 1-0.

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