Rhinos have quality to move up, says Dragic
Premier League outfit Sabah have the quality to gain promotion to the Super League next season, said Dragic Dalidor. He said he was impressed with the existing Sabah squad and the arrival of several players have only further strengthened the team to face the 2007/2008 Malaysian League. “I think we are capable of doing well this season,” said the Bosnia-Herzegovina defender in halting English as chief coach Drago Mamic interpreted for him. “We have good players and a balanced team and what we must do now is work harder. With sheer determination nothing is impossible,” he said. “Having played in the last Malaysia Cup campaign for Sabah, I found out that there is not much different among the teams in Super League and Premier League. “Sabah is a good side… I really hope that we will be able to register good results and get the promotion,” he said, adding that Sabah should be able to end their title drought with the current team. Dragic, a father of 10-year-old son, started his professional career with FC Borac in the Bosnian League. This is a club where he met former Sabah tough tackling defender Veselin Kovacevic. The 35-year-old is expected to play a big part in Sabah defence this season where his experience playing in the UEFA. Championships and stints with some of the European top clubs such as FC Levski Sofia of Bulgaria will be of great help in bringing stability to the backline. Meanwhile, Dragic said he was impressed with several local players that he believes would have no problem plying their trade in Europe. “I believe players like Ejati (Azrul Ejati Damsah), Alif (Radzi Hussin) as well as Zulamri (Muhammad) who have explosive power as well as speed can even play in Europe, but before that they must keep improving in their game,” Dragic said, adding Malaysian football should improve with proper development planning.