Written By: Kenneth Ho
The LionsXII will be wary of PDRM FA when both teams meet at the Shah Alam Stadium on Friday evening.
Fandi Ahmad’s men may have seen off PDRM 5-3 at the Jalan Besar Stadium in their first match of the season earlier this year but the Royal Malaysia lawmen, who were promoted into the Malaysia Super League this season, have since recovered from that defeat to climb up the table.
They currently sit in fifth spot, two places above the LionsXII, and have scalped big-name sides such as Johor Darul Tazim and Perak along the way.
Despite PDRM coming into this game on the back of three consecutive defeats (1-3 to ATM, 1-0 and 5-3 to Pahang), LionsXII head coach Fandi Ahmad is refusing to take them lightly.
“We all know PDRM have the strong firepower with the foreign players playing up front but we will try to do our best and contain and minimise their strength,” Fandi said referring to Ali Ashfaq of the Maldives and Malian striker Dramane Traoare. The duo have scored 17 goals between them, with Traoare netting 11 and Ashfaq scoring six.
A win for the LionsXII could see them climb to fifth spot, but Fandi shared that expectations must be tempered for his team as majority of them were feeling the effects of the fasting period of Ramadan.
“We will try to field our best team even though there is fatigue within the team but we will try to do better than the last game,” he said.
The game plan for now it seems, will be to adopt an counter-attacking strategy against PDRM.
“We will try to use a soak-and-counter strategy because during Ramadan you can see some players starting to feel lethargic and we need to take care of this,” Fandi said.