But some will have an eye on being promoted to the national Under-20 Young Tigers C team currently playing in the FAM League.
The likes of nippy winger Adzem Mansor and defender Arif Fadzilah Abu Bakar are some of the bright prospects who could be moving up.
“After they finish their SPM examinations they will return to their states but some could go to Young Tigers C,” said Somasundram. “Once this tournament ends, we will begin selection for an Under-17 team comprising Form Four boys from the school which will prepare for next year’s President’s Cup.” There is a discernible drop in standard in the BJSS team this year and the current crop is a mere shadow of the all-conquering class of 2010, which won the President’s Cup by beating Kuala Lumpur 1-0 in the final.
The defeat to Selangor was an example of how BJSS have struggled to cope with the Under-21 teams in this year’s competition. “The players could not withstand the pressure when they play against older and experienced teams. The defending was all over the place,” said Somasundram, referring to their defeat to Selangor. Selangor scored through Nur Ubaidullah Abdul Rahman and Haziq Fikri Hussein in the 58th and 78th minutes and also hit the crossbar three times in a game they thoroughly dominated.
The win moved coach Rusdi Suparman’s team up to sixth in the standings on 35 points with a game in hand on their rivals. Rusdi said the victory helped restore Selangor’s reputation after they were embarrassed by lowly KL 2-0 in their last home game. “I am trying to change the players’ thinking to make our own ground a fortress,” said Rusdi. “They cannot just assume that when we play at home we will win. “We have got to make sure that we collect three points in all our home games and make teams fear coming to Shah Alam.
“I was unhappy about certain things when we lost to KL as the players thought they did not have to be at 100 per cent to beat KL.” At the top of the table, Johor extended their lead to two points despite being held 0-0 by Penang in Georgetown as a weakened Perak lost 2-1 to Pahang in Kuantan. Perak, however, have a game in hand after having to play without four key players who were called up for the senior team’s Super League match against Terengganu on Friday while four others were either injured or suspended.
*Sumber dari New Straits Times