SUPER League newcomers Sarawak and Cameroon striker Kalle Sonne are parting ways even before the 29-year-old has kicked a ball in competition.
Coach Robert Alberts had high hopes on Sonne but a groin injury he picked while playing in a friendly against the President's Cup team before the league got underway is much more serious than initially thought, which has forced Sarawak to sign a new foreign striker.
The Crocs are now in the midst of registering Croatian hit-man Murato Viz who has been training with them for the past week.
It is not known if he will get the green light for Sarawak's home match against Malaysia Cup champions Negri Sembilan tomorrow.
"Sarawak need a foreign striker to help score goals.
"We lost to Sabah and Terengganu because their foreign players scored against us.
"Sonne's injury has been a huge blow to us.
"I am convinced the results of our last three matches would have been different if Sonne had played," said Alberts from Kuching, referring to Sarawak's 2-1 defeat to Sabah (away), 1-0 to Terengganu (home) and the scoreless draw against Selangor away.
Sarawak started off their Super League campaign with a 2-0 win over Kuala Lumpur at home.
"So far we have done well ...we are on par with the other teams in the league.
"Our biggest problem has been not scoring from the many opportunities that we created.
"Our strike force is very young with three players aged either 21 and 22.
"We lack a composed striker and Sonne, with his European (playing) experience would have made the difference."
Sarawak's other foreigner is defender Guy Bwele, 27, also from Cameroon. By JJ Shah