Tuesday April 25, 2006
Injury-hit Selangor hoping for a win over Happy Valley
PETALING JAYA: Selangor, with several key players on the injury list, face a stiff test in their bid to consolidate their position for a quarter-final berth in an away AFC Cup Group F match against Happy Valley of Hong Kong at the Mongkok Stadium today.
After completing their three first round fixtures with maximum points, the Red Giants need a win to stay on course for a place in the next round.
The winners of the six-group competition and the two best second-placed teams qualify for the quarter-finals.
I am keeping my fingers crossed and I hope that they will be able to recover for the important game, said Dollah in a telephone interview from Hong Kong yesterday.
Fuentes is the leading scorer in the tournament with four goals, including a brace in their 4-3 win over Happy Valley in the first-round match at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil.
The Argentine also scored the winner in the opening game against Tampines Rovers of Singapore (1-0) and scored once in the 3-1 win over Hurriyah FC of Maldives.
Besides the two foreigners, goalkeeper Jamsari Sabian is also doubtful because of a back injury.
Selangor are going great guns and go into the second round fixtures holding a three-point lead over Asean club champions Tampines.
But in domestic competitions, Selangor, who won three titles last season (Premier League Cup, FA Cup and Malaysia Cup) have been a major disappointment.
With three matches to play in the Super League, they are at the bottom of the eight-team standings. In the FA Cup, they were eliminated in the second round.