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Hodak: Farisham is the team’s backbone

Friday, 15 July 2016

Pulau Pinang CEO Bojan Hodak is banking on his new signings, to turn around the Panthers' performance in the second half of the season.
Pulau Pinang CEO Bojan Hodak is banking on his new signings, to turn around the Panthers’ performance in the second half of the season.

After formally announcing the signing of Kelantan defender Farisham Ismail on a loan deal, Pulau Pinang CEO Bojan Hodak explained his reasoning behind the signing of the 31-year old, who he has worked with during his time as Kelantan’s head coach.

“I think the fans who follow football, especially those who follow Kelantan know what Farisham can do, and he is the backbone of his team’s defense. He is an intelligent player who is able to read the movement of the ball, and his experience will certainly provide Pulau Pinang with a major advantage,” said Hodak as quoted by the island side’s website.

He added that furthermore, the Panthers are currently without enough defenders.

“As I have said a while ago, Pulau Pinang’s situation with the defenders is quite alarming because we do not have many players in the position. If Mafry is injured, who else can fill in as a stopper in the team?

“That was why I signed (new defender Jeong) Seok-Min and now Farisham, to spark a competition and avoid a sticky situation if Mafry is unavailable,” added the Croatian.

However Hodak expressed his hope that the new signings can adapt quickly, despite the fact that they have not had enough time to train together with the rest of the team.

“I did not have enough time to arrange any friendly matches but I hope within one to two matches, they would able to adapt to the team. Seok-Min and Ranti (Martins) look ready to be fielded against T-Team on Saturday in Kuala Terengganu,” said Hodak.

The Panthers are currently bottom of the Super League, having failed to qualify for the 2016 Malaysia Cup.

Source by: AFP

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