WHEN Perak coach Mehmet Durakovic was asked whether he misses his former player, Brendan Gan, the answer was “yes”.
Australian Durakovic had only good things to say about midfielder Brendan, who helped the Bos Gaurus win the Malaysia Cup in 2018.
“We do not have a big squad. We lost a couple of local players and Brendan was one of them. He is with Selangor now.
“We, however, have replaced them with foreigners and good local players.
As a coach, I had two great seasons when Brendan was with us. He is a gentleman on and off the pitch.
“He has a young boy (Koa Brooklyn) and a beautiful family, and is also a good player. He has joined Selangor, so good luck to him.
“I just want to focus on the players who I have and I’m happy.
“We do not have a big squad but if we keep playing this kind of football, we will show teams that Perak are not a bad team.”
On Perak’s Super League match against PJ City FC tomorrow, Durakovic said: “From what I saw in PJ City’s 3-2 win over Pahang, they are a good side. We cannot take any for granted.
“PJ City are well-equipped and we don’t have a big squad, so I need all my players to be available.”
Durakovic is impressed with his forward Shahrel Fikri Fauzi. “We have a good local striker in our squad when most teams are relying on foreigners to lead their attack.
“It took him awhile, but he is running and chasing now.”