Perak Have Good Backup Players, Says Alberts

KUCHING, Sept 3 (Bernama) -- Sarawak's coach Robert Alberts has full praise for the Perak team in the Malaysia Cup tournament.

He said this was because Perak had a good football development programme which enabled them to absorb several of their President's Cup players into the senior team this season.

"Perak develop their young players and they have their own academy for the programme.

"They won the President's Cup in the last three years and compared to us, we were last and second last in the past two years in the tournament," he noted.

"Their level in football is higher than ours," added the Dutchman.

Sarawak's only President's Cup player called up to join the senior team for the Malaysia Cup competition is Shreen Tambi, 21, a former Harimau B player.

"He (Shreen) has good attitude and is one of the players we looking at, as he's got the potential," Alberts said.

On Akhmal Rizal, the coach said there was never any plan to field him in the first eleven, adding that he was brought into the team to play the supersub role.

"Due to the absence of the other strikers who were either injured or suspended, the Kedah-born player was fielded in the first eleven when Sarawak drew 1-1 with Perak at the State Stadium last Saturday night," he explained.

For their last Group B Malaysia Cup match against Terengganu tonight, Alberts said although his team were already out of the quarterfinal, they wanted to go for a win.

"It's for the team's pride and the last match is also for the players, the team and the fans.

"I myself too want to show that I am part of the team," he added.


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