AFC Cup Talking Points: Selangor make life difficult for themselves

Once again, Selangor pulled a rabbit out of a hat to end their three-game losing streak and claim their first three points of the AFC Cup campaign. Vijhay Vick makes several observations from the 4-3 victory over Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi. 

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The Durakovic effect is fading fast

Defence was what the Australian built during his time at Selangor but Mehmet Durakovic’s work at the back is diminishing as season goes by.

Selangor had the best defence in the Malaysia Super League (MSL) in 2014, leaking in only 19 but a blunt offence prevented them from winning the league title.

Last year, defence was the the foundation upon which their Malaysia Cup success stem from as Selangor ended Pahang and Kedah’s goal-scoring exploits.

But of late, the Red Giants have been leaking the goals. In their last seven games, Selangor have allowed their oppositions to score first.

Their defensive woes were magnified against Sheikh, when they contrived to concede twice in the space of one minute.

If coach Zainal Abidin Hassan does not shore up the backline, Selangor might have to pull off more come-from-behind results.

Wleh’s the unsung hero

The Liberian poacher may not be as exciting to watch as Jorge Pereyra Diaz, Pablo Rangel or Dickson Nwakaeme, but he is as crucial as the trio are (or were in Nwakaeme’s case).

Wleh scored one and assisted two other goals in Bangladesh. He is also the MSL’s top scorer with five goals, one more than Johor Darul Ta’zim’s (JDT) Diaz and Baze Ilijoski of Kelantan.

The striker has a proven record of getting goals. He signed for Sime Darby in 2012 and fired in 13 league goals that season before netting 14 times for PKNS in the MSL the following season.

Without him, Selangor might not have been able to come back the way they did last night.

At only 24 years of age, Selangor could have a gem in their hands.