While close to clinching a deal for a foreign striker and a defender to beef up the team, Johor FC manager Wan Nizam Wan Omar has demanded a win against high-riding Perak in tonight's Super League match at the Pasir Gudang Stadium.
Johor FC suffered back-to-back defeats to Malaysia Cup champions Negri Sembilan (0-2) at home and defending league champions Kelantan (1-2) away in their last two matches after a 2-1 win over newly promoted PKNS FC in their opening match.
"Another defeat will not do the team any good after we lost to Negri and Kelantan. The management demands a win against Perak to check the slide," said Wan Nizam.
"At this stage the morale of the players is still high despite the defeats. But another defeat would demoralise the team. We have to pull up our socks and take stock of the situation.
"While we are in the process of identifying foreign players, it is left to the local players to carry the challenge. The team are in good shape ...we were just unlucky to lose to Negeri Sembilan and Kelantan in our last two matches."
Wan Nizam said several players from Cameroon, Ghana and Mali have been shortlisted.
"Hopefully we will be able to name them after the Chinese New Year break. We have not lost track of our target ...to win the Super League."