KUALA LUMPUR, Mac 9 – Sarawak United is hoping to ride on the team’s winning start in the Premier League and keep the momentum going when the East Malaysian outfit squares up against Perak II on Wednesday in a late afternoon match to be played at the Perak Stadium in Ipoh (kickoff 4.45 pm).
Head coach E. Elavarasan has a bunch of experienced players in his squad – both local and foreign – and they can be counted upon to deliver. However, the prevailing current hot and humid conditions are a disturbing factor not only to Sarawak United but all teams playing late afternoon matches.
Elavarasan has not decided on his lineup against Perak II but has made it known that he will rotate his foreign legion for the first few matches. For the match against Perak II, his South Korean midfielder Lee Chang-hoon will be given a fitness test.
The Korean played a near full match against Kelantan United but was replaced in the last minutes of the game after taking a hard knock. Sarawak United won the match 2-0 at the Hang Jebat Stadium in Melaka.
”Frankly, it is the prevailing weather conditions that are a concern. Still, we are ready to face the challenges and look towards another positive result,” said Elavarasan on his arrival in Ipoh with the team.
Foreign signings – defender Taylor Regan (Australia), striker Uche Agba (Nigeria), midfielder Sandro Mendonca (Brazil) plus Chang-hoon bring a wealth of experience with them having played for other teams in the M-League.
International Norshahrul Idlan Talaha, popularly known as Mat Yo, and goalkeeper Sharbinee Allawee, are popular ”value-added” local buys who have added stability to the team this season.

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