Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Kelantan to play Negeri Sembilan in pre-season friendly

Malaysia Cup champions Negri Sembilan and Super League winners Kelantan will face off in a friendly match at the Tuanku Abdul Rahman Stadium in Paroi today.

The clash of the bitter rivals will be a dress rehearsal for the M-League Charity Shield on Jan 7.

Negri coach Azraai Khor Abdullah plans to use the match to test their foreign players before signing them for the new season.

The Deer have short-listed Brazilian striker Mauro Rafael da Silva and defender Marquen Nuquen Goncalves Ferreira.

“We are still conducting trials before making our pick.” said Azraai.

“Kelantan have already signed their foreign players and are preparing for the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup,” said Azraai.

“They will provide us with a good workout.

“The Brazilian duo have played high level football and I hope they do well.”

Azraai, who guided Negri to their Malaysia Cup title last month, said he was not happy with the quality and price tag of the foreign players.

“They lack quality but demand crazy wages,” said the former Kedah coach.

“When I was with Kedah we paid around US$6,000 a month tops for top class players.

“Now, the agents want US$10,000 for players who don’t really make the grade.”

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