After putting prospective foreign players through several days of trials, T-Team coach Yunus Alif is back to square one as three of the four candidates were not up to his expectations.
He said the players failed to meet the standards set by the club to replace misfiring striker Zachariah Simukonda.
Yunus said the three players – Englishman Jamie Phoenix, Umaru Mustafa Suna from Sierra Leone and Tenema Ndiaye from Mali – have been sent home.
“They do not have the qualities we are looking for. There is no point keeping them here,” said the dejected coach.
He added only Bosnian Goran Kuljilas will stay and undergo further trials over the next few days.
“The three we rejected lacked the right spirit and were not professional enough. We are looking for a quality player with strong commitment … if not we will only be wasting our money,” he said.
Yunus claimed that the local players were better than the foreigners who came for the trials.
“We may just opt for only one foreign player, Bosnian centre back Bojan Petric, if we do not find a suitable candidate by Feb 13, the first transfer windown deadline.
“The worst case scenario is to find Simukonda’s replacement by April which is the second transfer window deadline,” he said.
As the prospect of finding the right import player looks bleak, Yunus said he would fall back on local strikers Mohd Fadzli Saari and Khairul Izwan Khalid to fill the gap left by Simukonda.
T-Team are currently sixth in the Super League standings with seven points.
They take on fourth place Negri Sembilan tomorrow.