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Minor setback for Tambadau

5th August, 2020


KOTA KINABALU: CIMB Super League and Premier League teams have been given the green light to schedule warm-up friendlies ahead of the season restart.

However, for Tambadau they are unlikely to play any friendly matches prior to the resumption of the league as team manager, Henry Soimpon revealed yesterday that they are having difficulty in finding teams to play against at present due to the current situation.

“We are facing a minor setback in our preparations ahead of the season restart because we are unable to play friendly matches as we are facing difficulty in finding teams at the moment.”

“Nevertheless, this is not an excuse because we are not the only team having this problem. I understand that there are many other teams who are facing the same dilemma,” said Henry.

“And I believe that our head coach, Kurniawan (Dwi Yulianto) has his own plan and strategy to ensure that Tambadau will be in their best shape when the season resumes in about three weeks’ time,” he added.

Henry said apart from that, the team have been preparing themselves well since late June.

“I guess the team are now ready for the restart. The players are in their best shape and they are all injury-free.”

“They have been training diligently every day under the watchful eyes of Kurniawan and his coaching staffs. I hope they will continue to work hard,” said Henry.

Tambadau will head into the season restart sitting fourth in the 12-team Super League standings on five points. They are five points adrift of leaders, Johor Darul Ta’zim, while second-placed Perak are on eight points, followed by Pahang in third with six.

Prior to the suspension of the M-League last March due to the implementation of the Movement Control Order that was enforced to curb the spread of the COVID-19, Tambadau registered one win, two draws and one defeat in the opening four games.

They defeated Felda United FC (3-1) and drew with Police (0-2) and Perak (2-2). They lost to Pahang (0-2).

The season is set for a restart on August 26, but Tambadau will only resume their campaign on August 27 against Terengganu FC at the Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin Stadium in Gong Badak.

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