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Thursday, July 12, 2007


KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah FA is likely to name the replacement for the Nigerian duo, Prince Eboagwu Etuwe and Prince Guy Ativie next week.

Its Executive Secretary Harry Baking said that if things go according to plan they may identify the right man as early as Monday.

At the moment, there are two Brazilians, a striker and a defender, both undergoing trials with the Rhinos for the past weeks.

Harry said that no decision will be made until the arrival of another two hopefuls from Ivory Coast.

“We are expecting the two players (from Ivory Coast, a defender and midfielder) any time now … the latest would be by Friday.

“We will give them enough time to prove their worth and once we make up our minds then we will move on from there.

“Hopefully we will get our man ahead of our Malaysia Cup quarter-final clash against Negeri Sembilan Naza next month,” said Harry.

At the moment, Nigerian striker Charles Obi is the sole foreign player in the team following the departure of Eboagwu and Ativie.

Defender Eboagwu was forced out of the team after suffering a long-term injury on his right foot while striker Ativie failed to land a new contract upon the expiry of his short-term deal with the Rhinos.

Sabah will complete their Premier League campaign by playing an away game against Selangor PKNS on July 31 before their quarter-final first leg date with Negeri Sembilan on August 8.

The Rhinos’ return leg is at home on August 15.

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