Perak coach: Show same fighting spirit against JDT

PETALING JAYA: Perak, once a football force to be reckoned with, now face the embarrassing prospect of getting the chop from the Super League.

Perak, depleted following the exodus of several key local and foreign stars, were thrashed 5-0 by Terengganu on July 24 when the league resumed after a two-month Covid-19 enforced break.

However, coach Chong Yee Fatt’s (pic) men resiliently played out a 0-0 draw with Kuala Lumpur in their subsequent game on Tuesday.

Up next is league champions Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) at the Sultan Ibrahim Stadium today and Yee Fatt expects his men to continue displaying the fighting spirit against KL.

“The commitment of the team are still strong and I hope they will show the same spirit in the remaining seven matches, starting with JDT today,” said Yee Fatt.

“I can tell you that the players are in good shape at the moment and we are ready for a tough challenge against JDT. Of course, it won’t be an easy game, but I know my boys will give them a tough fight.

Perak have been mired by off-field issues which saw several star players like Shahrul Saad, Nazirul Naim, Syakir Hamzah, Guilherme De Paula, J. Partiban and D. Kenny Pallraj leaving the team.

To further compound matters, before the league resumed Brazilian imports Leandro Dos Santos and Careca decided to cancel their contract and leave the club.

“Yes, their departure does add a little pressure but I believe in the boys that I have right now. So we will fight till the end.”

Perak are currently 11th in the 12-team league with 13 points, while JDT are top with 36 points.