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Selangor’s Syahmi Safari (right) celebrate scoring a goal against Indonesia’s Persib Bandung in the Asia Challenge at the Shah Alam Stadium on Saturday. Selangor won 3-0. PIC BY SAIRIEN NAFIS
Selangor’s Syahmi Safari (right) celebrate scoring a goal against Indonesia’s Persib Bandung in the Asia Challenge at the Shah Alam Stadium on Saturday. Selangor won 3-0. PIC BY SAIRIEN NAFIS

KUALA LUMPUR: Selangor coach B. Satiananthan was impressed with his team’s performance in the 3-0 win over Indonesia’s Persib Bandung at the Shah Alam Stadium on Saturday.

The 33-time Malaysia Cup champions will take on Thailand’s Bangkok United, who overcame Vietnam’s Hanoi FC 3-0 in the other match, in the final later today.

On the win over Persib, Satiananthan said: My boys kept to the formation throughout the game. Even our substitutes managed to do it.

“We created a lot of chances in the game. However, our ball transition was not fast enough.

“Maybe, the wet condition of the pitch affected the pace of our game. I am happy with their fitness,” he said.

The coach also hopes to sign a player for the left-back position.

“I am hoping for more options. We have Azrin (Afiq Rusmini) who has the quality, but I fear he might not be able to perform consistently. Furthermore, he is still young, and I do not want to rush him.

“We also have M. Tamilmaran but he is more suited for the centre-back position. I hope to get another player for that position.”

Midfielder Sandro Mendonca, who scored a goal on Saturday, believes the inclusions of Brendan Gan and Singapore international Safuwan Baharudin will help Selangor grow as a team ahead of the new season.

“Both are internationals, and although they need more time to adapt with our game, I believe it will not be a problem as they have quality,” said the Brazilian.

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