Saturday, January 16

Winning start for Crocs touring Thailand


KUCHING: The Crocs scored two late goals in a space of four minutes to beat Krabi FC 3-2 in the first stop of their tour of Thailand last Sunday.

Dutch forward Ronald Hikspoors equalised for the state team in the 84th minute before Billy Mehmet scored the winner with two minutes left on the clock.

Sarawak took an early lead in the sixth minute through new local import Mohd Nazri Mohd Kamal who has impressed in the series of pre-season matches so far.

The Crocs will meet Krabi FC again today before facing Royal Thai on Friday and Thai Police this Sunday.

Head coach Robert Alberts had earlier said that the four warm-up matches in Thailand would provide a platform for him to shape a new formula for his squad.

“The four matches in Thailand is important for me to plan my strategies while evaluating the ability of my players before I can determine my best 11,” he told reporters before the trip.

The 24 players on the tour include goalkeepers Aidil Mohamad, Mohd Fadzley Abdul Rahim, Mohd Iqbal Suhaimi; defenders Mazwandi Zakeria, Mohd Dzulazlan Ibrahim, Mohd Hairol Mokhtar, Muhammad Dzulfadli Awg Marajeh, Rames Lai Ban Huat, Ronny Harun, Varadhan Arumugam; midfielders Ashri Chuchu, Dalglish Papin Test, Mahadevan Gangadheran, Mohd Shahrol Saperi, Partiban Janasekaran, Sabri Sahar, Shreen Tambi, team captain Joseph Kalang Tie and forward Ikhwan Izzat.

Australian striker Ryan Griffiths and new foreign import signing Ivan Fatic are also with the squad.

The 2015 Super League season will kick-off in mid January.