KUALA LUMPUR, April 13 – Premier League leader Sarawak United is not getting carried away with their place at the top of the league with an unbeaten record, and neither are the Golden Hornbills resting on their laurels with the 7-1 win over FAM-MSN Project last Saturday.
More so when they face lowly Police in their next match at the Hang Jebat Stadium, Melaka in their next match this Friday.
Police look like easy meat for the Golden Hornbills but not for head coach E. Elavarasan.
Elavarasan is concerned with injuries to his South Korean midfielder Lee Chang-hoon (pic left) and Brazilian Sandro Mendonca.
The duo picked up the injuries against FAM-MSN Project in the big win – the biggest score registered in the M-League so far this season.
In that match, Nigerian striker Uche Agba scored four goals, which he dedicated to his late mother, who passed away back home in Nigeria last Monday. Agba took his personal tally to eight and is the leading scorer in the Premier League for now.
For Elavarasan the team’s ”journey has just begun” with several changes to the team’s training sessions during Ramadhan as matches during the Holy Month will be played at 10 pm. Training sessions will now be held at 10 pm.
Sarawak United has set a hot pace in the Premier League this season after finishing 10th last year and is currently on top with 16 points from six matches.
After Police, the East Malaysian outfit will be away to Negri Sembilan, who slipped to third in the league standings with 14 points, the same as second-placed JDT II but separated by goal difference.
”Just like any other teams, Police is dangerous. We treat all teams with respect and in football, anything can happen. Police have a new coach (Wan Rohaimi Wan Ismail), who will have his own strategies change the team’s fortunes.
“This is where danger lurks. I have drilled this into my players. We cannot afford to waste scoring chances. At the same time I am not putting any extra pressure on my players,” said Elavarasan.
Police are 10th in the league standings with five points after eight matches.