Wednesday, September 22, 2010


Are KL PLUS Hung(a)ry enough?

SUBANG: All is not well in the KL Plus team. It could even cause them to fold by year's end. There are rumblings that the players can't get along with new Hungarian coach, Janos Krescka.

The corridors of Persada Plus — the highway concessionaire's headquarters in Subang — is abuzz that the management is tired of waiting for results from the team.

KL Plus debuted in domestic soccer by playing in the KL Division 2 in 2000.

Despite having the services of several household names like former international Nizaruddin Yusof (pic), Ramesh Lai Ban Huat and Sanjos Sundawat, the team have failed to shine — managing only 10th spot in the 14-team Super League this season.

The management's unhappiness with the team was first reported by Mailsport on May 31. However, manager Husni Mohd Yusof rubbished suggestions of "discomfort" between the players and coach.

But, still, he would neither confirm or deny that the management could pull the plug on the team by the end of the year.

“The players are still getting used to Krescka's methods. He is doing things different from his predecessors. That was why he was hired...for something different... something that will bring results," said Husni.

“His tactics worked against Negri Sembilan (in the Malaysia Cup, drew 1-1). At the end of the day it boils down to results.”

KL Plus have enjoyed the limelight in the local sports pages and blogs over the past 10 years. This despite the economic downturn and controversies on and off the pitch.

If they close shop, it would mark another black day for clubs plying their trade in the national league.

Earlier, MyTeam, MBPJ and Public Bank had also withdrawn.

COMMENT - Kuala Muda are another private team that withdrew from top flight Malaysian football. Considering how half the populations worships Manchester United it never ceases to amaze me why no-one there tries to copy their business model.

Let's be honest. What football fan is going to support a team that is named after a bloody road?

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