Monday, 6 February 2012

T-Team looking at four foreign players to replace striker

T-Team have short-listed four foreign players in their hunt for a replacement striker after parting ways with misfiring Zachariah Simukonda.

The Zambian, whose contract has been terminated by mutual consent, failed to impress in the five matches he played for the club side. The four in contention are Englishman Jamie Phoenix, 27, Sierra Leone’s Umaru Mustafa Suma, 26, Bosnian Goran Kuljilcs, 27 and Tenema Ndiaye, 30, from Mali.

Coach Yunus Alif said the four have impressive resumes, especially Phoenix, a former Manchester City player, and Ndiaye, who played for French Ligue 1 side Metz.

“All four are impressive and we will pick one to replace Simukonda by Monday,” he said, adding that the club was looking for an “out-and-out” striker.

The FA of Malaysia (FAM) have given Super League teams until Feb 13 to sign new foreign players to replace those who have not performed to expectations.

Yunus said it would be a huge boost if they could have a new striker by the time they face Negri Sembilan on Wednesday.

Yunus praised Simukonda for being a gentleman and offering to terminate his contract given his poor form and injury.

“He told me that he didn’t want to burden the club anymore.

“He tried his best but, unfortunately, it didn’t work out,” he said.

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