KOTA BHARU – The Kelantan Football Association (KAFA) are expected to put a number of foreign players on trial in efforts to beef up the squad due to a below par performance from current imports.
KAFA President Tan Sri Annuar Musa said the team needs to undergo a transformation, especially from the performance of import players, if Kelantan hope to compete for any title this season.
“Two players from Argentina, namely Gonzalo Bonafina and Federico Fioramonti had attended trials recently but we are not happy with their performances, therefore, two more players have arrived from Benin and Nigeria.
“Apart from the duo (Adjai Moussa from Benin and Austin Amutu), we have also sent out invitation to players from Brazil and Macedonia. We expect them to arrive soon,” he told reporters when met here last night.
Annuar said the performances of the current import players would be assessed for a final time when Kelantan face Sime Darby in a FA Cup match on Wednesday.
“We want to give the current imports a fair chance to prove themselves before we make a final decision,” he said.
Current Kelantan coach Mohd Azraai Khor Abdullah who replaced Dutchman George Boateng who has since been redesignated as senior head coach and technical director, had urged KAFA to review the performances of the current import players with a view to replace imports who have not lived up to the mark.
The winds of change in Kelantan were imminent after winning only two of their six Super League matches and suffering two embarrassing consecutive defeats at home to Police (0-4) and Felda United (0-1) who were promoted from the Premier League at the end of last season.
Kelantan, eighth in the Super League table with seven points, currently has four imports – Emmanuel Kenmogne (Cameroon), Isaac Pupo (Liberia), Jonathan McKain (Australia) and Erwin Carillo (Colombia).
Meanwhile, KAFA are expected to announce the new prices of tickets at the Sultan Mohd IV Stadium, after announcing that the association would not absorb the Goods and Services Tax (GST).
“Since tickets are imposed GST, we will make an announcement soon,” he said. – BERNAMA