May, 18, 2013 - 8:15 pm
Sarawak’s Eldstal gets call-up to join Harimau Muda
KUCHING: Junior Eldstal, an England-born soccer player currently playing for Sarawak in the Premier League, will undergo training with the Skuad Harimau Muda at Slovakia in July.
Born to a Sabahan mother and Swedish father, Eldstal (Malaysian name: Putera Nadher Amarhan) holds a Malaysian passport. He had previously played in the Vauxhall Football League in England.
“Ong Kim Swee (coach) has spoken to me,” said Sarawak head coach Robert Alberts. “I have given my opinion about Junior (photo) and he (Ong) plans to call him up for training at Slovakia so he can have a good look.
“For me, Junior has been doing a good job, and these are positive things for Junior.”
Alberts also expressed regret over what he described as “unbecoming behaviour” of NS Betaria FC players who displayed rowdyism and hurled abuses against the Sarawak players in their match in Kuching on Friday.
Nevertheless, the Dutchman is proud that his players were unfazed and despite taunts from the Negri Sembilan side, enjoyed a goal feast against their opponent.
Sarawak edged NS Betaria FC 7-0 in the match played at the Sarawak State Stadium here last night.
Alberts said the manner in which NS Betaria FC players behaved and their usage of insults against his players was a “shame to Malaysian football”.
“I can only say that what they said to our players on the field was disgraceful and shameful. During the match, our players kept me informed about what was told to them (hurling of abusive words).
“My advice to my players was to focus on the match and try to score as many goals as they could,” he told reporters.
Asked what words were used to insult the Sarawak players, Alberts declined to provide details, except to say that he would let the management file a complaint to the Football Association of Malaysia.
Meanwhile, commenting on next Tuesday’s match against Pos Malaysia, he said the match was important in determining whether Sarawak would be entitled to be promoted into the Super League next season.
“We need to keep up the momentum because if we get three points, that means we are confirmed in being promoted to the Super League. So, that’s why I am resting our flank and central defence players so that they have more time to prepare for Tuesday’s match,” he said.