PJ City deny having money problems


The Super League club did not sign players to beef up their squad during the midseason transfer window because they had only one target. -NSTP/OWEE AH CHUN


PJ City FC are not having money issues.


The Super League club did not sign players to beef up their squad during the midseason transfer window because they had only one target.


PJ City were hoping to sign forward Ahmad Hazwan Bakri on loan from Johor Darul Ta'zim to strengthen their strikeforce, but the move did not materialise.


P. Maniam's side, who are eighth with 15 points in the 12-team Super League, will maintain an all-local lineup for the remainder of the season.


"Money is not a problem for the team. The management assured us that we could sign some players during the transfer window.


"We wanted to get Hazwan, but when we approached him and spoke to JDT, the move did not materialise.


"We will maintain our squad as we want to create opportunities for local players to hone their skills in the Super League," said Maniam yesterday.

PJ City players are now under a quarantine training bubble to prepare for the season, which resumes later this month.

"We have been in camp for the last 10 days, and it has not been easy for us as we are away from our families.

"However, everything is going fine in camp. We have also included team-building sessions to motivate the players ahead of the resumption of the league."

PJ City have promoted youngsters Zainal Abidin Jamil and J. Leslee from their President's Cup team and are drilling former internationals Mahali Jasuli and Khyril Muhymeen Zambri accordingly to lead their attack in the absence of striker Darren Lok.

The 30-year-old Darren, who has not played since March 17, is still recuperating from a collarbone fracture.

"Darren will be back on Monday and will start with light training first. He will only go through proper drills after getting a green light from his doctor."

Maniam is also unperturbed that other Super League teams have signed new players during the transfer window.

"Football is all about your 11 players on the pitch. If they can play as a formidable unit, anything will be possible.

"My players are committed and willing to go the distance for the team," he added.


Source: New Straits Times



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