New Straits Times

Melaka doing all they can to stay ‘Super’

- Ooi Kin Fai

United are leaving no stones unturned in their quest to stay in the Super League for the third consecutiv­e season.

Since E. Elavarasan took over as head coach, they have managed to pick up two draws and one defeat. Yet, the positive signs are there as one of those draws are the first point Melaka have picked up on their travels this season.

In this mid-season transfer window, they have also made some changes to beef up the squad with the arrival of S. Veenod, Syahrul Azwari and South Korean Lee Chang-Hoon.

Midfielder Lee is signed on a half year contract from Seongnam FC and is a replacemen­t for Tiago Gomes.

“I feel that Lee will fit in the current moment. He’s a natural midfielder that has the first instinct where to play the ball,” Elavarasan said.

“The defence has been more consistent of late and haven’t conceded a lot of goals. But we haven’t scored many goals. Both we have to adjust. What we have done now is get more up front players to help with the attacking side.”

The arrival of the experience­d Veenod will also give an extra dimension to Melaka’s midfield although the 30-year-old is unlikely to start in the immediate match against Kedah due to his lack of fitness after being frozen out by Kelantan.

Having found their first point on the road against Perak in his first match in charge of the club, Elavarasan will be eyeing their first win but it won’t be an easy task as they play away to Kedah today.

Kedah themselves have been boosted by the arrival of Brazilian Paulo Rangel who has previously shown his goal-scoring capabiliti­es for Perak, Selangor and Terengganu.

“Now they (Kedah) have been doing consistent­ly well. Rangel coming in sharpen their attack. At home Kedah are very strong, we expect a very hard match. We’ll fight till the end and see what we get,” added Elavarasan.

A win at Darul Aman Stadium will definitely increase the confidence of The Mousedeers before an important match against Kuala Lumpur on June 5.

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Syahrul Azwari

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