T’ganu players watch their own games during season break

Terengganu are watching their rivals in action as they prepare for their return to action.

Coach Nafuzi Zain is sending videos of the games they have played so far to his players so they can study where they went wrong and how to break down their rivals.

The movement control order issued by the government means he cannot have his players training with him but that does not mean Nafuzi is taking it easy.

After playing three matches in the Super League, the Turtles have collected four points to be placed ninth but they have scored a whopping eight goals. However, among all the league teams, they have conceded the highest with nine goals.

For Nafuzi, that statistic makes for grim reading, as he wants to plug the leak before the season resumes after the order is rescinded in April.

Teams are now on a break after the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) and Malaysian Football League (MFL) announced a stop to all football activities due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“For me, the break is good because I get to do homework by watching our games and identifying our weaknesses, especially in defence, ” said Nafuzi.

“I will look for ways to fine-tune and rectify things. Of the nine goals we conceded, six were from corners, free-kicks and penalties.

“I am not saying that goals will not be conceded, but to do so in every game is worrying. I will be sending videos to all the players, especially the defenders. I will call them and discuss ways to improve our rearguard.”

Even though the team’s defence has crumbled often, Nafuzi said he cannot fault the team’s commitment, desire and eagerness to win.

“You cannot make comebacks in every game. If you score four, but concede three, you are only putting pressure on yourself, ” he said.

“Our first three games were against big teams Perak (1-3), Kedah (4-3) and Selangor (3-3). We controlled the matches, but conceding easy goals led to our downfall.

“We attack well, but our defence is undoing the hard work up front.”

For the next two weeks, the MFL have told teams not to have any training sessions or friendlies.

Some teams had wanted to fix their issues by training during that period, but Nafuzi said health and safety come first, as the nation looks to flatline the Covid-19 infections.

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