Dou­ble joy for Perlis

New Straits Times - - Sport -

IT has been a good week for Perlis af­ter pick­ing up six points in their des­per­ate bat­tle to avoid be­ing rel­e­gated from the Pre­mier League.

Three of those points came on the pitch on Wed­nes­day when they de­feated rel­e­ga­tion ri­vals the Malaysian Indians (MISC-MIFA) 3-2 in Pe­tal­ing Jaya be­fore an un­ex­pected bonus from the board­room on Thurs­day.

Foot­ball Malaysia LLP (FMLLP) agreed to halve the six-point de­duc­tion im­posed on Perlis as pun­ish­ment for late pay­ment of statu­tory obli­ga­tions, im­me­di­ately lift­ing the team from the bot­tom of the stand­ings to 11th and level on six points with the Malaysian Indians.

Su­per League side Kuala Tereng­ganu T-Team also had their six-point de­duc­tion cut to three which lifted the club one spot to sev­enth in the stand­ings.

The re­cent de­vel­op­ments have given coach Syam­sul Saad re­newed hope that Perlis can avoid a re­turn to the FAM League, where they lan­guished as re­cently as 2015.

“There is no deny­ing we are in a des­per­ate sit­u­a­tion and we only have nine more games to save our­selves from rel­e­ga­tion,” Syam­sul told Time­s­port yes­ter­day.

“I am grate­ful to FMLLP for re­duc­ing our pun­ish­ment and thanks also to the man­age­ment for mak­ing the ap­peal.

“Af­ter win­ning on Wed­nes­day, it has cer­tainly been a good week for us.”

Perlis se­cured vic­tory with on­loan Queens Park Rangers striker Bran­don Adams their only for­eign player in their line up as im­mi­gra­tion prob­lems saw Ja­maican de­fender Damion Ste­wart and South Korean mid­fielder Oh Kyu-bin forced to leave the team.

How­ever, Syam­sul has strength­ened the team with the sign­ing of three lo­cal play­ers in Riduwan Ma’on, Alif Ja­malud­din and Fikri Sudin.

“There are six or seven for­eign play­ers who will be ar­riv­ing for tri­als next week and we hope to be able to fill the va­can­cies we have in the team,” said Syam­sul, who also lost South Korean Park Yong-Joon to a long-term in­jury.

“A lot of peo­ple don’t know the prob­lems we faced with our for­eign play­ers, leav­ing us with just Adams.

“But I told the play­ers that we needed to play with full com­mit­ment and pas­sion and I’m glad we got the win on Wed­nes­day.”

Adams struck twice in the open­ing 12 min­utes be­fore Perlis sur­vived a red card for goal­keeper Nas­ril Nour­din with 20 min­utes re­main­ing to hang on for the win over the Malaysian Indians which has boosted their sur­vival hopes.

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