Perak sign Liberian striker Lewis to replace Kilichev
BY T. AVINESHWARAN
IPOH: Perak have signed up Liberian striker Erick Lewis to replace Uzbekistan midfielder Oybek Kilichev, who is not eligible to play in the M-League due to a technical error.
Kilichev can’t play for Perak in the Super League because of Football Association of Malaysia’s (FAM) ruling that foreign players from Asian Leagues should have last played in Division One or must be a current national player before they can be signed up.
It was found that the 27-year-old Kilichev had last played three matches for Paykan in the 2015-2016 Persian Second Division League; and had not been with the Uzbekistan national team for the last three years.
So, in comes the 29-year-old Lewis, formerly of the Pusamania Borneo FC in the Indonesian Super League. He joined Perak on Tuesday and has impressed head coach Syamsul Saad with his technical abilities.
“We had some injuries in the attacking department, so we decided to give Erick a chance to prove his worth,” said Syamsul.
“Technically, he is good player. He just needs to adapt to our tactics and gel with his team-mates. Once he does that, I’m sure he’ll be an asset to us.”
Lewis, who speaks fluent Bahasa Indonesia, had also played for Indonesian clubs like Persiwa Wawena, Sriwijaya and Mitra Kukar. His longest stint was with Persiwa – from 2008 to 2012.
But it looks like the Liberian might not be able to play for Perak in their opening Super League match against Kelantan at home on Saturday either because the registration date for the first match closed on Feb 1.