Sunday, 28 August 2011

Kuala Lumpur players linked with other teams

Kuala Lumpur could lose some of their key players, including midfielder Yong Kuong Yong, defender Shahrom Kalam and goalkeeper Norazlan Razali, next season.

Kuong Yong has been contacted by Kelantan and Johor FC while Shahrom has apparently been in talks with Perak and Johor FC. Norazlan, meanwhile, could see action with Johor FC or Kelantan.

Kuong Yong, who turns 23 on Sept 18, has caught the attention of many, including national coach Datuk K. Rajagobal throughout his stint with KL.

The Negri Sembilan-born lad, however, refused to divulge his future plans and prefers to concentrate on KL's Malaysia Cup campaign instead. KL join Selangor, T-Team and Police in Group D.

"There have been offers but I told them to hold on. I would like to help KL in the Malaysia Cup," said Kuong Yong.

"I believe we have a good chance of advancing beyond the group stage. Selangor are the obvious favourites but we are on par, if not better, than Police and T-Team."

Nevertheless, Kuong Yong stressed the players need to work as a unit to ensure they keep their hopes alive in the critical stages of the tournament.

"I've been attending training without fail. But some of us lack training and we all need to work hard to make this work. We still have time and hopefully we will get better."

More KL players are expected to jump ship as they have not received their wages for several months.

Most have not been attending training regularly and this has affected the team's performance, as seen in the friendly match against Kelantan at the Selayang Stadium recently.

KL suffered a 5-0 defeat in the match. The Red Warriors got their goals through Nurul Azwan Roya (11th minute),

Azamuddin Akil (23rd), Badri Razi (55th), K. Solihin (75th) and R. Surendran (88th).

It is learnt KLFA officials will meet Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Minister Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin tomorrow to update the latter on the team's current situation and hopefully secure grants to pay the players.

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