Sunday, April 21

Sarawak add firepower with new signing

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Hamzah (left) shakes hands with Hudson as team advisor Awang Mahyan Awang Mohamed (second right) and assistant team manager Abang Fomay Abang Sa’adeli look on.

KUCHING: Sarawak have signed Brazilian import Hudson Dias De Jesus to replace injured Dutch defender Ronald Hikspoors, who has been roped in as a member in coaching staff.

Team manager Hamzah Brahim said that they are speeding up the signing process and hoped that the Brazilian can start immediately against Penang in the Premier League at home tomorrow.

“The management and coaching have met and agreed to sign the Brazilian striker.

“I was informed by the coaching team that Muamer Salibasic, our main striker, is not fully fit and still recovering. Hence, we really need an attacker to take over the job.

“We lost in the first game last week and we really need to win the second match this Saturday,” Hamzah told a press conference yesterday.

He admitted that Sarawak have plenty of work to do after the 2-1 defeat at Negeri Sembilan, but the main focus for now is improving the attacking line.

Hamzah said that Indonesian striker Rian Firmansyah is available and would make his debut appearance tomorrow.

It was a good news for head coach Mohd Farhan Abdullah after losing brilliant winger Abdul Rahim Abdul Razak to injury yesterday, who is facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

“Rian’s international transfer certificate (ITC) has been approved today (yesterday).

“I also learned that Hudson had undergone a medical today (yesterday) and hopefully he can also start this Saturday,” added Hamzah.

With a height of 1.90m apart from his speed and good ball control, Hudson is seen as an immediate answer to Crocs’ attacking conundrum.

He previously played for Santa Cruz FC (Brazil), Cabofriense (Brazil) and Sporting Covilha (Portugal) before making his way to Malaysia.

Hudson, who is a good friend of Sarawak defender Pedro Henrique Dias De Amorim, arrived here yesterday with two other triallists Rodrigo Amorim Oliveira and Marcelo Cabral Pinha Domingues.