PETALING JAYA: While most footballers are itching to get back into action and can’t wait for the conditional movement control order (CMCO) to come to an end, there are some who are tired and in the thick of the battle.
Police skipper Safiee Ahmad is one. He has been deployed as a frontliner in Cheras, a red zone of the Covid-19 pandemic, for the last two months.
The Kuching local has to work eight-hour shifts and can only train for half an hour at home in the evening if he’s on morning shift or off duty.
Juggling between a lot of work and a little training has brought another concern. He is worried his footballing skills are getting rusty.
“As a frontliner, my services are still needed and I have been working around Cheras on various roles like patrolling and manning checkpoints. We work on eight-hour shifts and this is where the problem comes.
“It’s good to see that we have managed to flatten the Covid-19 curve and we are in the CMCO now. If the situation continues to improve, we may get back to normal life quite soon, ” said the 23-year-old.
“Most footballers would have been at home and doing some sort of training but for frontliners like me in the Police team, we have limited time to train at home.
“I do try to train for at least half an hour when it’s possible but this is not sufficient. I am concerned that I have gone rusty.
“I have been in touch with our coach (Mohd Ishak Kunju) and sending him videos of my training.
“He understands our predicament and always encourages us. To be honest, I miss football and my teammates badly. This is the longest I have been without football, and I hope I can catch-up quickly once the season starts.”
The Malaysian Football League has proposed that the M-League resume on Sept 1-2 and Safiee hopes the government will give the green light for football to resume soon.
Police, with only 40% of the team being professionals and the rest working cops, are currently bottom in the 12-team Super League with minus-two points after being docked three points by the FA of Malaysia for missing the deadline to settle their players’ wages arrears.
Safiee admitted that the men in blue have an uphill battle to escape relegation but said they would fight till the final whistle.
“Our position in the Super League is not good at the moment. We are the team with the lowest budget but that doesn’t mean we will not fight.
“We know our strength and weakness and we will fight all the way, ” he added.
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