De Paula gun­ning for Da Rocha’s record

New Straits Times - - Sport -

GUILHERME De Paula needs two more goals to break a long-stand­ing club record for Kuala Lumpur when the city side face Perak SEDC in a vi­tal Pre­mier League pro­mo­tion bat­tle in Se­layang to­day.

There could be no bet­ter oc­ca­sion for De Paula to sur­pass the 23-goal mark in a league cam­paign set by fel­low Brazil­ian striker Marcelo Padilha Da Rocha in 2004 for KL.

KL coach Fabio Ma­grao would be de­lighted to see De Paula claim the club record for him­self as a win over fel­low ti­tle con­tenders Perak SEDC would also take the team closer to the Su­per League.

“I hope to score to­mor­row to help KL win. It would be nice to get the record but it is more im­por­tant for KL to get the three points,” said De Paula, who has scored 22 goals in the Pre­mier League and once in the Malaysia Cup this sea­son, be­fore train­ing in Ta­man Pudu Ulu, Cheras yes­ter­day.

Padilha also holds the KL record for most goals in a sin­gle sea­son when he net­ted 30 times in all com­pe­ti­tions in 2004.

De Paula is also just two goals shy of Ilija Spa­so­je­vic’s 24-goal haul in emerg­ing as the Pre­mier League top scorer last year and fir­ing Me­laka to the league ti­tle.

Ma­grao is glad that all his play­ers have re­cov­ered from a flu virus which bat­tered his squad last week when they were beaten 4-1 by Felda United in the Malaysia Cup be­fore go­ing down to Perak 2-0 in the same tour­na­ment on Tues­day.

“Ev­ery­body is avail­able and all are ready for to­mor­row’s match. I ro­tated the play­ers against Perak and even so, it was one of the bet­ter per­for­mances I have seen,” said Ma­grao.

“We know what we have to do to­mor­row be­cause Perak SEDC are a good, young team and in a good mo­ment. I have fol­lowed their last three games and I know it will be a dif­fi­cult match.

KL lead Tereng­ganu on goal dif­fer­ence with both teams on 38 points while Ne­gri Sem­bi­lan and Perak SEDC fol­low just a point be­hind.

Perak SEDC coach Abu Bakar Fadzim said there are no scars from Tues­day’s 6-0 thrash­ing by Pa­hang in the Malaysia Cup.

“We had al­ready qual­i­fied for the quar­ter-fi­nals so I de­cided to rest a few play­ers ahead of to­mor­row’s match,” said Abu Bakar, whose side trav­elled di­rectly from Kuantan to Kuala Lumpur on Wed­nes­day.

Tereng­ganu will look to take ad­van­tage should KL fal­ter by beat­ing Kuantan away while Ne­gri take on Po­lice in Paroi.

Kuala Lumpur’s Guil­herma de Paula is aim­ing to crack the 23-goal mark in a league cam­paign set by fel­low Brazil­ian striker Marcelo Padilha Da Rocha in 2004 for KL.

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