SCARRED MISC-MIFA FIGHT FOR SUR­VIVAL

Get­ting new play­ers after match-fix­ing scan­dal

New Straits Times - - Sport -

RE­PORTS BY AJIT­PAL SINGH ajit­pals­ingh@nst.com.my

THEIR image marred by match­fix­ing al­le­ga­tions re­cently, MISC-MIFA are now plan­ning for a re­cruit­ment drive to avoid rel­e­ga­tion from the Pre­mier League. The club are just above the rel­e­ga­tion zone at 10th in the ta­ble on goal dif­fer­ence over 11th-place Perlis with each hav­ing gar­nered six points in 13 matches.

Ar­gen­tine cen­tre-back Alan Aciar, who was re­manded but not charged by the Malaysian Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion (MACC) last month, has mu­tu­ally ter­mi­nated his con­tract with the club and left the coun­try.

Mid­fielder Steven Im­biri has re­turned to In­done­sia after mu­tu­ally ter­mi­nat­ing his con­tract with MISC-MIFA.

Two lo­cal play­ers were charged by MACC for match-fix­ing and their cases are still pend­ing. The duo have been dropped from the squad.

The in­ci­dent has rocked the team and af­fected their con­fi­dence.

The man­age­ment of MISC-MIFA will hold a meet­ing on Thurs­day to de­cide their next course of ac­tion.

It is learnt that the club want to drop un­der­per­form­ing play­ers and re­cruit new ones be­fore the mid-sea­son trans­fer win­dow closes on June 11.

For­mer Se­lan­gor and Ke­lan­tan coach K. De­van has been hired as the club’s tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor on a short-term ba­sis.

De­van, who helped Se­lan­gor win two Su­per League crowns and a FA Cup ti­tle, has re­ceived of­fers from Melaka and an­other Su­per League club.

It is learnt that the coach is ne­go­ti­at­ing with the two teams and will leave MISCMIFA if a deal is fi­nalised.

MISC-MIFA have signed an Egyp­tian player and are look­ing for two more for­eign sign­ings.

It is said that Cameroon’s Tagne Dim­itri or Nige­rian Michael Ijezie will be dropped. Dim­itri is the club’s top scorer with 12 goals and in con­tention for the league’s Golden Boot award while Ijezie has net­ted eight times this sea­son.

“I was hired to work with the club in an ad­vi­sory ca­pac­ity. I am here to help un­til fur­ther an­nounce­ments are made over play­ers and other mat­ters,” De­van told Time­s­port yes­ter­day.

It is learnt that, how­ever, De­van has been con­duct­ing train­ing ses­sions at the club’s train­ing ground in Ni­lai. The sta­tus of MISCMIFA’s cur­rent coach, Ja­cob Joseph, is un­known.

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