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NATIONAL LEAGUE: Stronger opposition doesn’t worry them
PETALING JAYA: The club are not underestimating their rivals, and have reinforced both their men's and women's teams with new signings in a bid to maintain their superiority in the tournament.
A MUCH stronger field this year has not stopped PKNS FC from eyeing a successful title defence in both the men's and women's categories of the National Futsal League which starts this month.
"We have retained only half of our players in the women's team and 70 per cent of the men's team from last year," said chief coach Chiew Chun Yong.
"The rest have been replaced by new players who are mostly under the age of 21.
"These changes are part of our long-term plan to keep the team competitive.
"With this combination of players, we hope to remain contenders for at least another two or three years."
Chun Yong added that the new-look teams will undergo training camps and a series of friendly matches against clubs in Thailand in the coming weeks as part of their preparation for the league.
Meanwhile, PKNS president Noor Hisham Mohd Ghouth said the club will have to show great character if they are to once again emerge champions.
"We expect it to be a much tougher competition this year as every team in the league have strengthened their squads in both the men's and women's categories," said Noor Hisham.
"We will have to find a way to overcome these challenges if we want to hang on to our titles."
PKNS, who received RM100,000 worth of sponsorship from Figos recently, took the men's title after they thrashed MPSJ FC 7-2 in the final last year while their women edged Selangor 1-0 in the decider.