Thursday, May 21, 2009

Cash-strapped but Perlis still going strong

The Star : Saturday May 16, 2009


GEORGE TOWN: Kudos to the Perlis players! They only received half their pay last month and yet never let it affect their performances on the field. And coach Irfan Bakti can’t stop gushing about his players’ loyalty and understanding.

“It is true that we only got 50% of our pay for April because nothing has come from our sponsors,” said Irfan said Kangar yesterday. “Had it not been for the generosity of our Perlis FA president (Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim), who dug deep into his own pockets to pay us, we would not have received our salary for April. “I am so surprised and overwhelmed that despite the FA’s financial constraints, our performance has not been affected. My players are still enjoying their game and doing exactly what is expected of them on the field. “This clearly shows their character and maturity.”

Irfan, however, hoped that well-wishers would come forward to help them out financially. Despite their financial woes, Perlis continue to lead the 14-team standings with 32 points from 10 wins, two draws and two losses.

And Irfan is confident that his Northern Lions will continue to protect their proud unbeaten home record and lead in the Super League when they entertain Kelantan today.

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