Friday, 20 January 2012

Selangor unhappy with the form of new striker from Congo

Selangor are set to part ways with Congo striker Lelo Mbele.

The Red Giants’ new signing has not featured at all since the season kicked off on Jan 10.
Selangor have played three matches thus far, with a 1-1-1 record.

The FA of Selangor (FAS) signed up Mbele last month and he played for only 20 minutes – in a pre-season match against Pos Malaysia.

Mbele is said to have recovered from a ruptured thigh muscle he suffered while plying his trade with Kuwaiti club Al Naser last season.

But coach Irfan Bakti is far from satisfied with the player’s form.

“Mbele may have recovered from his injury but he is clearly not up to the mark,” said Irfan.

It is learnt that the FAS have lost patience with Mbele and will name their new signing at the Yayasan FAS in Kelana Jaya today.

Irfan said that they badly needed an out-and-out striker following the departure of Safee Sali to Pelita Jaya early last season. The Selangor strike force has been toothless since and the Red Giants finished trophyless last year.

“If there is one area that we are lacking … it is the frontline. It is obvious we are not able to deliver the goals despite creating the chances,” said Irfan.

Selangor’s other foreign signing is centreback Ramez Dayoub of Lebanon.

After three matches, Selangor are in seventh spot with four points from a win, a draw and a defeat.

The last time the Red Giants won a trophy was in 2010 – when they bag­ged the Charity Shield and Super League.

Mbele, a member of the Congolese 2006 African Nations Cup team, has played for several leading clubs in Africa and Asia. His most memorable outing was with South Africa’s Orlando Pirates FC, with whom he scored 20 goals in the 2005-06 season.

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