Wednesday, August 08, 2007
Football In Negeri Sembilan
By SARBAN SINGH
SEREMBAN: The NS Naza football team is a "broken family".
NSFA president Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan said the team was disillusioned and this could be clearly seen from their performance on the pitch.
"As we can all see, the team has fared miserably this season. The juniors and seniors do not seem to be talking and are not giving their best," he said.
Mohamad said this was unbecoming of a team which won the second division title two years ago and the Super League title last year.
The state also emerged runner-up in last year's FA competition.
"If you compare player to player, we surely have a better team this year. In fact, the salaries have gone up by 30 per cent.
"I cannot understanding why they have been playing miserably," he said.
By mid-season, Mohamad said he had summed up that the team would end up in the lower half of the league.
As of Sunday, the state team had won only six and lost 12 of their 24 Super League games, conceding 46 goals in the process.
Last week, they received their heaviest defeat when they were humiliated 7-0 by Kedah in Alor Star.
Mohamad, who plans to give up the NSFA presidency by the end of this year, said it was probably a blessing in disguise.