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Friday, September 28, 2001

M-Cup - Crocs lose bite and FA start inquiry

By RIZAL ABDULLAH

JOHOR BARU: Sarawak football has been rocked again – just three months after five of their players were arrested for alleged drug abuse.

The Crocs suffered a humiliating 0-4 defeat by Premier II club side Negri Sembilan Chempaka in a Malaysia Cup Group B match at the Tuanku Abdul Rahman Stadium in Paroi last week and the FA of Sarawak (FAS) are smelling something fishy.

The FAS have launched an internal inquiry into the debacle before deciding on the next course of action.

In the match against Chempaka, several Sarawak players were said to have “performed well below par” and the FAS want to get to the bottom of it.

After the defeat, coach Jalil Ramli said: “The players had the tendency to lose possession of the ball easily.”

The team’s inconsistency prompted Jalil Ramli to bench or drop several senior players for the match against Pahang in Kuching last Tuesday.

A goal by 38-year-old skipper Mohd Ali Sapiee in injury time earned Sarawak a 1-1 draw and kept alive their hopes to qualify for the quarter-finals.

Sarawak had started well, beating Kelantan 2-0, in the opening match of their Malaysia Cup campaign.

For the match against Pahang, striker Halim Jantan, who score the two goals against Kelantan, was not even on the bench. Also missing were defender Jeffery Untam and striker G. Muthu, who has spent more time on the sidelines than on the field because of injury.

Several other seniors, including goalkeeper Mazlan Wahid and veteran defender Zaidel Sakup, were on the bench.

Jeffery was drafted into the team after the five players were busted for alleged drug abuse in Kuching on June 23.

The “Infamous Five” – former national winger Nazri Yunos, defender Samsul Napiah, strikers Safri Amit and Abang Zaafari Abang Othman and reserve goalkeeper Firdaus Ishak – were later sacked from the team.

The FAS president, Datuk Taha Ariffin, is not taking the recent inept performances by the team lying down. On Wednesday, he hauled up Halim and Jeffery for questioning.

Jalil is expected to continue keeping several of the senior players out of the team for the second round matches but much will depend on the ongoing investigations.

Sarawak are in third place in the standings with four points. Chempaka lead the pack with six points – one point more than Pahang.

Sarawak will play against Pahang at the Darulmakmur Stadium in Kuantan on Tuesday followed by another away match against Kelantan on Oct 6. They wrap up their group fixtures at home against Chempaka on Oct 9.

Source: The Star

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