Francis Forkey Doe a 'changed' man, to stay with Selangor in MSL
Francis Forkey Doe will continue to don Selangor colours for the remainder of the Malaysia Super League (MSL) season, with the club confirming that the saga over last month's arrest for possession of an unauthorised vehicle has been put to bed.
The Liberian striker was remanded by police in the early hours of May 5 after the incident.
Doe was kept in custody for a couple of days before being fined RM6,000 in default of six months' jail.
The Red Giants were hesitant to make a decision on his future in the aftermath of the incident, and left him out of subsequent matches, but have now forgiven him.
"Forkey Doe has changed a lot, and I see a lot of positives from him in training," Selangor coach P. Maniam told ESPN FC.
"He will continue to stay with us, and we are hoping for a big second half of the season from him."
Maniam is planning to tweak his customised 3-4-3 formation to accommodate the return of Andik Vermansyah and Amri Yahyah to Selangor.
"Andik has been a pleasure to work since he came back to us, and I am looking at Amri to also start matches for us after this. I am working on a few formations to suit the team, and for these players. It will be good to alter our approach for the coming months," Maniam said.
Indonesian crowd favourite Andik was dropped at the start of the MSL season after suffering a posterior cruciate ligament during December's 2016 AFF Suzuki Cup final against Thailand. But he was always in Selangor's plans, and will now make a swift return in place of Romanian winger Victor Astafei.
Amri is also set for a raucous welcome when Selangor face T-Team on July 1 after completing a return to the 33-time Malaysia Cup champions after three years.
The 36-year-old national forward won 11 titles with the Klang Valley giants in a 12-year stint from until 2013 before joining Johor Darul Ta'zim (JDT).
After leaving JDT last year, Amri signed a lucrative deal with Melaka United, but had an unsuccessful five-month stint at the newly-promoted side, who "rested" coach Eric Williams last month.
Selangor are also trialling a few imports with a view to replacing Brazilian playmaker Juliano Mineiro, and could make a decision by this week.
With the Malaysia Cup running concurrently with the MSL, Maniam is looking to field more youngsters to navigate through both competitions.
The former Selangor player has done well so far to guide the state side to fifth in MSL standings before the international break, despite a limited budget.
His achievements have exceeded the expectations of Selangor management, who merely wanted to avoid elegation after losing the core of their squad from last year.
In the Malaysia Cup, Selangor are together with JDT, Sarawak and Terengganu in Group D.
Nicolas Anil is a former Malay Mail and Goal.com Malaysia editor/writer who appears on BFM Radio as a football analyst. Twitter: @nicolas_anil.