PETALING JAYA: Selangor coach Irfan Bakti will be hoping that first choice leftback Bunyamin Umar and midfielder K. Gurusamy will be able to shrug of their injuries for their next Super League match against Perak at the TLDM Stadium in Lumut tomorrow.
The Red Giants looked lost when Bunyamin and Gurusamy were substituted and were lucky to edge Pahang 3-2 at the Shah Alam Stadium on Saturday. The hard-earned win propelled Irfan’s squad to second spot in the standings. Both Pahang and Sealngor have nine points after four matches but the Elephants lead on a better goal difference.
Selangor led 2-0 with Mohd Amri Yahyah’s brace in the second and 20th minutes. But the defence crumbled after Bunyamin was taken off due to injury and Pahang fought back to draw level through Mohd Fauzi Rozlan (22nd) and Mohd Razman Roslan (42nd).
Selangor’s injury woes continued after Gurusamy was taken off in the 55th minute after picking a knee injury. Luckily for the Klang Valley giants, substitute Mohd Ramzul Zahini Adenan came to the rescue with the winning goal in the 78th minute.
Irfan admitted that Selangor were on the back pedal after losing Bunyamin and Gurusamy.
“We need to give Pahang credit as they fielded an all local side. They did well to get back into the game,” said Irfan after the match.
“We started off well and were leading comfortably before losing Bunyamin. We were over-run by the Pahang flankers who created their two goalscoring chances. Our midfield also lost their shape after losing Gurusamy in the second half.
“I will now have to hope the injuries to Bunyamin and Guru are not serious and they will be ready for the match againts Perak.”
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