Wednesday, February 24, 1999

Malay Mail hoping for vintage show from Pavalamani (The Malay Mail)

KUALA LUMPUR MALAY MAIL, just one point away from making their Premier Two
debut, cannot take anything for granted against Armed Forces in their last
qualifying match at the BSN Sports Complex this evening (4.30pm).
Coached by Lucas Kallang, a former Sarawak assistant coach, KL Malay
Mail are second in the standings with four points after two matches.
Kelantan TNB, who top the standings on better goal difference, also need
a draw against Police this evening to confirm their place in Premier Two.
KL Malay Mail will again be hoping for a good performance from veteran
goalkeeper M. Pavalamani, who has been in great form.
He played a major role in the goalless draw with Kelantan TNB in their
opening match.
Pavalamani was on song again when KL Malay Mail edged Police 1-0 on
The former Sabah and KL goalkeeper made some superb saves to keep the
Police strikers at bay.
But Pavalamani, 35, cannot be expected to do the job alone today.
The backline, led by Hasnul Ramlan, must cope with the pressure from the
Armed Forces strikers.
"This is a great chance for me to see action in the M-League again,"
said Pavalamani.
"We have all worked very hard and I am glad everything is going smoothly
for the team. Hopefully, we will maintain our performance in the last
But Lucas said his players must communicate better on the field.
"Our main problem is that our players have yet to find their rhythm. The
teamwork is not quite there yet.
"We must be better organised and the players must know each other's game
well if we are to make a bigger impact.
"But we must first do well against Armed Forces. We will not be playing
for a draw as that could be disastrous. We have to play to win," said

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