Datuk Ahmad Shafie: Low Quality Friendlies Don’t Help Preparation

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Kedah coach disappointed at lack of competition 

The Canaries Interim Coach, has bemoaned the lack of top class opposition his side have received, in their preparation for the Malaysian Cup.

The attempt at playing Super League side Selangor PKNS ended in disaster, seeing the game abandoned at 0-0 after fighting broke out on the pitch.

The Premier League team have brushed aside matches against RMAF Sungai Petani and PBAPP FC, before the tournament begins on August 20th Ahmad has stated he would have preferred more skilled opposition.

Speaking to The Star Malaysia, he said: “The preparation under my assistant Antonio Sisic has been going on smoothly since last month. But we’re still trying to set up friendlies against teams of equal or better standard to test the players’ readiness.

We only have two matches against lowly oppositions under our belt now. It’s unfortunate that the PKNS match could not be completed.

“Our main problem is that we are the only team from the north to compete in the Malaysia Cup. The others, like Penang and Perlis, have finished their season and their players are not in training now.

“We wanted to organise matches against Perak but the plan had to be scrapped after we were both drawn in the same group for the Malaysia Cup.

The Canaries who won the tournament in both 2007 and 2008 have been drawn in the toughest group, against Lions XII, Sarawak and Perak.

Dubbed the ‘Group of Death’ as it contains both the Super League ( Lions XII) and Premier League ( Sarawak) Champions, Kedah will be hoping to push their 4th place Premier League finish out of their minds with a successful Cup run.

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