Friday, March 26, 2010


PKNS eye glory

PETALING JAYA: Selangor PKNS hope to rule the local football scene again.

The pioneer club side, who had a big reputation in the 1970s, are bent on regaining their supremacy in Malaysian football.

Team manager Yaacob Jailani said that his boys in the Premier League were well on course to make it to the top flight next season.

“PKNS have come a long way and we are leaving no stones unturned in our bid to regain our image in Malaysian football,” said Yaacob yesterday.

Solid as a rock: Yuzaiman Zahari (left) is PKNS’ pillar in defence.

PKNS, who have a rich tradition in the game, are now in second place in the 12-team standings on 22 points from nine matches. They trail Felda United by three points. The top two teams gain promotion to the Super League.

“We came close to winning promotion before but luck was not on our side. We have a balanced side this time and should maintain our position.

“We do not have star players but we have a side who work hard as a unit,” said Yaacob.

Among the notable hands in the squad under chief coach Abdul Rahman Ibrahim are former international defender Yuzaiman Zahari, goalkeeper Badrul Zaman Abdul Halim and striker Mohd Zamri Hassan, who is the leading scorer in the Premier League with nine goals. The promising players are Mohd Alafi Mahmud, Mohd Fadhil Hashim, Fairuz Montana Zainal Abidin, Christie Jayaseelan and P. Rajesh.

“PKNS were the powerhouse of Malaysian football at one time and we had an abundance of talent, among them Reduan Abdullah, Santokh Singh and the late Mohktar Dahari and R. Arumugan.

“We hope to regain our top status,” said Yaacob.

PKNS play against Harimau Muda at the Hang Tuah Stadium in Malacca tomorrow.

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