Thursday, June 15, 2006

Malaysian champ wants to avoid Player's Agents

To defend its Malaysian Super League title, newly-crowned champion Negeri Sembilan Nazawant wants to recruit South American players to strengthen its midfield and striker lineup for next season. However Negeri Sembilan Football Association president Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan said his FA had learnt a lesson not to depend too much on agents and has now sought the help of the Asian Football Confederation to attract players directly through the South American Football Confederation (Conmebol) and its affiliates.

"I've talked to my contacts in AFC in getting these players. We prefer Brazilian, Argentinean or Colombian. I would like it to be done since some players brought in by their agents were under-performers and not quality players. Before, we had to choose the players that were suggested to us and desperately ended up paying a huge amount of money for under-performers although they are national players back home," Mohamad told Bernama newsagency.

Negeri Sembilan currently has three imports -- Christian Bekamengo Bekamenga from Cameroon, Australian Jason Williams and Nigerian Buston Nagbe Brown.

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