Friday, June 28, 2013

Don’t be too hard on us, Dickson tells Kelantan fans

KOTA BARU: Dickson Nwakaeme has urged the Kelantan fans not to be too hard on the players when they are cheering on the Red Warriors in the FA Cup final against Johor Darul Takzim at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil tomorrow.

The Kelantan supporters are known to be a passionate lot, and will not hesitate to direct abuse on their own players who do not perform to expectations during matches.

Nwakamae, who came on as a substitute in the 2-0 win against Pahang on Tuesday, was on the receiving end of brickbats at the Sultan Muhamad IV Stadium for his sluggish pace.
To be fair to the Nigerian striker, he was just returning after an injury layoff and admitted to be still some way to regaining full fitness.

“I have played in many countries with many teams, but the Kelantan fans are unique. They truly love the team and are great in spurring us on during matches.

“But the fans have to realise that it is difficult for the players to be on top of the game for the full 90 minutes. Even (World Player of the Year Lionel) Messi makes mistakes and sometimes takes it easy during matches,” said Nwakamae.

The 27-year-old Nwakamae, who was signed on from Vietnam’s Song Lam Nghe An during the April transfer window, pointed out that jeering one player can affect the entire team.

“When the crowd turns on a player, he will lose confidence and it affects those around him. It would be better if the fans give full support to encourage the player who is struggling in the match.”

Nwakaeme also knows what it feels like to receive the full cheers from the Kelantan supporters.
It was his extra time winner during the semi-final second leg against Terengganu which earned the Red Warriors a ticket to tomorrow’s final on a 6-5 aggregate advantage.



The Star

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