Sunday, 12 February 2012

Selangor set to part with Croatian striker Bosko Balaban due to clearance problem

Selangor’s new “signing” Bosko Balaban of Croatia is on the way out even before playing a single match for the Red Giants in the Malaysian Super League (MSL).

It is unbelievable how the FA of Selangor (FAS) have bungled in their signing of a foreign player for the second time in less than a month. Earlier, they snapped up Congo striker Lelo Mbele without the proper checks. 

All it took was 20 minutes of a pre-season match to discover that they had bought an injured player. He was subsequently asked to leave, suitably compensated. 

Selangor coach Irfan Bakti badly needs an out-and-out striker but the FAS have sat on it since the departure of hotshot Mohd Safee Sali to Indonesian Super League (ISL) side Pelita Jaya FC last February. And their incompetence, or ignorance, in signing foreign players has left a gaping hole in the frontline. 

Selangor do not have much time as the deadline for foreign signings is tomorrow. 

So unless they can pull a rabbit out of the hat, they will have to make do with only one foreigner in Lebanese international Ramez Dayoub until the April transfer window. 

FAS secretary Datuk Hamidin Mohd Amin said they would have no choice but to part company with Balaban if they are unable to get the player’s International Transfer Certificate (ITC) on time. 

“If we don’t get it by Monday night we will have to go without a foreign striker until April,” said Hamidin. 

Selangor will most likely have to do exactly that as Balaban’s previous club, Panionios of Greece, are refusing to release him. It is learnt that Balaban left Panionios due to a technical hitch and had not played competitive football for 10 months before joining Selangor. 

It looks like Irfan will have to make do without the striker he so desperately needs for the next 12 games — until the transfer window reopens in April.

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