20th April, 2017
JUSTIN … hopes his young side realise their situation, and the need to win the match.
By FRANCIS XAVIER
KOTA KINABALU: The Junior Rhinos must end their goal drought if they harbour any hope to stop the rot in a President’s Cup Group B match.
They take on Kuala Lumpur in an away fixture at the UKM Mini Stadium in Bangi today needing nothing less than victory to keep their flagging hopes alive.
They have gone through seven matches without a win, and will head into the battle at the back of five consecutive defeats where they have failed to score a single goal in their last four fixtures.
Head coach Justin Ganai is fully aware of their predicament, and he hopes his young side realise their situation, and the need to win the match.
“I hope they know how important victory is for the team. Even a draw is still not good enough in our situation,” said Justin, when contacted yesterday.
Justin admitted that their finishing has been a big letdown, and he hopes that this time around, they will be able to translate their scoring chances into goals.
“Our finishing seems to be our problem. I hope they will start to pounce in the goals for the team, especially the strikers. At the same time, we must also try not to concede any goals.
“I think I’m going to make one or two changes. We need to change things around as we are still yet to click as a team. I hope the minor changes that we are going to make will help the team get the result,” Justin said.
It has been a difficult season for the state Under-21 side.
After kick starting their campaign with two opening draws against Perak PKNP FC and Selangor PKNS FC, where both matches ended in an identical scoreline of one-all, the Junior Rhinos lost their next five matches.
They were defeated by Negeri Sembilan 2-1, T-Team 4-0, Selangor 2-0, Pahang 2-0 and edged by Perak 1-0 at home in their last fixture.
Striker Fazriel Hanafi Stepanus scored all the three goals for Justin Ganai’s side thus far.