It’s almost time for the mid season mark, and things are still looking bleak for Penang FA.
Penang suffered a dismal start to the Super League season this year under their new head coach, Ashley Westwood.
After 6 losses and 2 draws under the Englishman, and multiple protests from fans — the Football Association of Penang (FAP) terminated Westwood’s contract. They then brought in local coach Zainal Abidin Hassan as his successor.
Things did look more hopeful with Zainal on board. However, despite one win against FELDA early in April, the Panthers still have not had much luck in meliorating their Super League standings.
While the team does seem to be performing better under Zainal, the team still lack intensity and dynamics, as seen during their clash with Southern Tigers, Johor Darul Ta’zim.
They also crashed out of the Malaysia Cup, which was their main target this season.
The good news is that FAP has finally come to realise that in order to improve things, they need to sign better players.
FAP president Zairil Khir Johari has confirmed that Penang will be looking to test a few import players come the transfer window in mid May.
Right now, the only import player who is yielding results is Nigel Dabinyana, who is also very popular and well liked by the fans. The other import players, Diogo Ferreira, Reinaldo Lobo, and Andrew Russell do not produce as much impact on the pitch and will probably be dropped from the squad.
“Our import players have worked very hard. They have tried their best for the club. But for the remaining of the season, I’m afraid we need more experienced and quality players.” Zairil told Stadium Astro.
“In the upcoming transfer window, I will identify potential players who will be able to take Penang up the rungs and improve our standings.” he added.
Zairil Khir Johari added that he will be assisted by head coach, Zainal Abidin Hassan, to help pick players who can make sure that Penang stays in the Super League and don’t face relegation.
“I have discussed with Zainal and the training team to make sure we fill up the right positions in the squad.”
Perhaps things could improve for Penang after this?