Eight new faces in Kuching FA squad

Experienced playmaker Rafiezan Razali (front) leading his teammates during a recent training session.

KUCHING: The Kuching Division Football Association have chosen two teams from Semenanjung Malaysia JDT 2 and JDT 3 as its  sparring partners for its friendly tour before the start of the new FAM Cup season.

Kuching FA assistant manager Iswandi Ali Hassan said his team will take on JDT 3 on Jan 20 at  Stadium Pasir Gudang, Johor Bahru at 4.30pm.

This will be followed by the match against JDT 2 at the same time and venue on the next day.

“These two friendly matches will enable us to assess the capabilities of our players and at the same time to rectify any weaknesses in the team.

“I hope the players can use this good opportunity to gel with the other teammates especially the new players,” he said.

According to Iswandi, Kuching FA will be lining up 24 players with eight new faces for their challenge in the FAM Cup.

The centre of attention will be on two former Sarawak stars Izray Iffarul Roslan and Sahran Abdul Samad who will be manning the defence.

Among the players will be a few former players from the state President Cup and some new young stars who had played in the Sarawak Cup last year.

They are Muhd Nur Aliff Kefli, Muhd Yazid Ahzhar, Muhd Nur Hidayat Zawawi, Samsu Alam Abdul Samad, Mohd Zainudin Bohri and Hafiezulhisyam Roslee.

Those retained from the last season include Mohd Saiful Kamel, Awang Mohd Tarmizi Awang Mahdini, Mohd Fareez Tukijo, Mohd Zulfika Mustafa, Mohd Ariff Azizan Ederis, Remenor Pit, Rafiezan Razali, Yusman Mohamad, Ahmad Shakri Tuah, Raziman Razali, Mohd. Shahfitri Abdul Salim, Mohd Asrullah Drahman, Zulmizan Bujang, Ismail Bujang and Sufizal Ismail.

“I believe the blend of the experienced and new players will give our opponents a good run for their money in the FAM Cup campaign this year,” he added.

The FAM Cup is scheduled to kick off in early February.

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