Hapless ATM get a 13-0 thrashing in friendly match
KUCHING: A full-strength Sarawak football team scored one of their biggest wins with a 13-0 thrashing of the Malaysian Armed Forces team in a friendly last Saturday at Stadium Negeri.
All eyes were on re-signed hitman Bobby Gonzalez who did not disappoint the crowd with a superb hat-trick in the one-sided rout.
The Sabah-born striker who scored 16 goals for the Crocs in the 2011 Premier League season will play for Sarawak in the coming Malaysia Cup on a three month loan deal.
In the warm-up match last weekend, Bobby showed the fans why the state team misses his goal poaching skills.
Chief coach Robert Alberts praised his performance but insisted that Bobby has yet to reach 100 per cent match fitness. He added a fit Bobby Gonzalez will have the potential to trouble the opposition team in Group D of the Malaysia Cup.
“I am satisfied with the new players. Bobby needs to play more and Ronny Harun did well too,” commented Robert Alberts.
Alberts continued that he was satisfied with the team’s overall performance.
They are starting to gel with the new players and did lots of attacking runs. Such hunger for success and display of hard work are vital for their quest to win the silverware.
The head coach enthused that the friendly match was obviously a good warm-up for Malaysia Cup. The Crocs are seriously focussing on the competition after a disappointing 2012 Malaysia Super League (MSL) league season.
Commenting on the Crocs’ chances in the Malaysia Cup competition, Alberts noted that the team’s performance in the MSL must not be reflected on the coming competition. To him, the Malaysia Cup is a completely different scenario.
“The match against ATM is important as we wanted to asses the new players today (last Saturday). We need to see how well the new players fit to our style of play and game plan,” he added.
Besides Bobby, skipper Guy Bwele and Joel Epalle each scored a hat-trick for the Crocs.
To add salt to ATM’s wound, they even scored an own goal that night. Other names on the scorers list include K. Ravindran and Ronny Harun.
However, the ATM team which Sarawak played last weekend was however not the same ATM team who will play in the MSL next year.
The team was instead made up of locally based players from Kuching, Sibu and Miri which will see action at the coming 2012 Sarawak Cup competition.
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