MSL 2019 Preview: #10-#12 - Relegation Battlers

The new Malaysian Super League (MSL) season is upon us and for the preview this year, Goal will be breaking it up to four parts Title Challengers, Mid Table Security, Staying Up and Relegation Battlers. And here's the final part, the three teams that will be are likely to fight against each other to avoid the drop to the Premier League

Kuala Lumpur

Predicted finish ni 2019: 10th
2018 season: 10th

Head coach: Yusri Che Lah

Notable transfers in: Khair Jones, Fitri Omar, Sylvano Comvalius

Notable transfers out: Syazwan Andik, Zaquan Adha, Borbijon Akhbarov

Yusri Che Lah, Indra Putra Mahayudin

Saved from relegation last season but embroiled in it for long periods, KL have already dismissed Fabio Maciel da Silva in favour of Yusri Che Lah this season. Chong Boon Fatt was initially offered the role but he prefers to stick with the assistant coach role, hence the arrival of the former Kelantan head coach.

It has been a pre-season of turmoil for the City boys who's financial troubles saw them lose Syazwan Andik to Johor Darul Ta'zim. The issue however is settled for now as Goal understands that the arrears to players have already been paid in the past two weeks.

Guilherme de Paula, Melaka v Kuala Lumpur

For Yusri, he will at least have Guilherme de Paula and Paulo Josue rekindling their wonderful partnership from last season with the former being the finisher and the latter the chief creator. The former Perlis and Perak player will also have to decide on the role of the team's main young star Irfan Zakaria, who needs to fix a position to develop further.

Just like last season with Kelantan, the new 2019 season could be very familiar for Yusri as the quality of players at his disposal could very well mean being involved in another relegation dogfight.

PJ City FC

Predicted finish in 2019: 11th 
2018 season: 3rd in MPL

Head coach: K. Devan

Notable transfers in: S. Veenod, M. Sivakumar, Joshua Grommen

Notable transfers out: Kpah Sherman

S. Veenod holding off Munir Amran

Known as MIFA last season, the team did very well to finish third in the second tier, the Premier League. The team that beat them to the promotion Felcra FC decided to shut the team down, gave MIFA the opportunity to move up a division.

Now rebranded as PJ City FC and possessing an increased amount of money to improve the team, has seen several established players joining their ranks. For instance the experience of Veenod and Sivakumar will prove useful to help the others who have no past playing experience in the top flight.

K. Devan, MISC-MIFA, 12012019

Pedro Henrique will have to shoulder the big burden of finding goals after the departure of Kpah Sherman to PKNS FC but the biggest area of concern for Devan will be his defence, especially when they go up against the bigger boys in the division.

It be will be a season of struggle for the new team in the top flight but the pressure is off and it depends if Devan can use that to his advantage.

Felda United

Predicted finish in 2019: 12th
2018 season: 1st in MPL

Head coach: Nidzam Jamil

Notable tranfers in: Norazlan Razali, Kei Ikeda, Jasazrin Jamaluddin

Notable transfers out: Shukor Adan, Wan Zack Haikal, Farizal Harun

Azim Rahim, Felcra FC, Wan Zack Haikal, Felda United, Malaysia Premier League, 23042018

When Felda finished champions of the 2018 Malaysia Premier League, everything looked rosy and bright. They were even thought as one of the teams that could offer some fight to the more established teams in the Super League but all that changed almost overnight.

Left to operate on a much lower scale of financial power, Felda were stripped of their stars that won them promotion. Even B. Sathianathan up sticks and joined Selangor, on top of others like Shukor Adan, Wan Zack Haikal, Khairu Azrin and Syamim Yahya.

Daniel Amier Norhisham, Malaysia U23, 16012018

Nidzam has been at the club for some time now and will have to use all the knowledge he has to get the best out of the team. Young Danial Amier is the brightest prospect at the club and he could well be looking at this season as a chance to showcase his talents to future employers.

Came into the Super League this season but looks like a sure bet for an immediate return to the Premier League.



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