Under fire Selangor seek first win

A 26-member contingent of Malaysia's Selangor FC arrived here yesterday morning ahead of their AFC Cup Group E fixture against Sheikh Jamal DC on Tuesday.

The Malaysian Super League runners-up are in the third position of the four-team table with one point from two outings, just ahead of winless Sheikh Jamal and they are looking forward to bouncing back with their squad comprising of four national players as well as four foreign recruits from Indonesia, Australia, Argentina and Liberia.

It is the fifth AFC Cup appearance for Selangor, who had played the quarterfinal in 2006 and qualified for the 16-team round in 2013 but were twice eliminated from the group-stages in 2010 and 2014.

However, the Red Giants are under much scrutiny. They were booed by fans following their 1-0 home defeat at the hands of Tampines Rovers of Singapore. Zainal Abidin Bin Hassan's charges were confined to the Selayang Stadium after the defeat against Rovers, as fans blamed former Selangor FC striker-turned-coach of fielding an 'under-strength side'. Nevertheless, Abidin will be hoping his team can soldier on and taste victory for the first time in three matches to pacify their supporters.

After having rested for a couple of hours, the Selangor players -- who played out a 2-2 draw against Ceres La Salle FC of Philippines in their first match -- trained for more than an hour at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday afternoon in a bid to get acclimatised to conditions ahead of tomorrow's match.

Though media personnel approached head coach Abidin, the 54-year-old, who has been with Selangor FC for the past year, refused to speak with the media before the official media conference to be held today.

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