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Sumareh and Khairul Fahmi to end up with JDT?

When Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) released a statement last week that three new signings are going to be announced soon, it got the Malaysian football fans worked up trying to figure out the trio’s identities.

While one of the players has been cited as the returning former captain Safiq Rahim, rumours are going around that the other two are Mohamadou Sumareh and Khairul Fahmi Che Mat.

It comes as no surprise that Sumareh, who is currently tangled in controversy with his former team Pahang, is associated with the Southern Tigers.

Even when the naturalised Malaysian player left Pahang abruptly to join Thai League 1 team Police Tero last year, many speculated that it would only be a temporary move before Sumareh ended up at JDT.

With the 26-year-old now officially out of Police Tero, it is only natural to expect him to travel south to link up with JDT.

Sumareh is an ideal fit for JDT, who have a penchant for collecting naturalised Malaysian players.

The midfielder got into the headlines for other reasons recently, with FIFA ordering Pahang to pay the player US$1.2 million following a complaint regarding unpaid salaries.

Another player said to be on JDT’s radar is Khairul Fahmi. But the 32-year-old's current club Melaka United are strongly denying that their number one goalkeeper is joining the seven-time Super League champions.

Melaka claim that the former national goalkeeper is contracted to them until the end of the 2022 season, and no approach has been made by JDT or others to prise him away.


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Theerathon ready for the 2021 J-League challenge

Similar to Cristiano Ronaldo who scored against Roma just one day after his 36th birthday, Theerathon Bunmathan, who turned 31 last Saturday, put on a strong performance during a pre-season game just a day later.

The Thai leftback produced a double assist to help Yokohama F Marinos beat Kaiho Bank SC 4-0 in a friendly. 

Theerathon fit into J-league perfectly since first joining Vissel Kobe on loan in 2018. He became the first Thai footballer to win the J-League title when Yokohama were crowned champion in 2019.

Despite the Marinos only finishing ninth in last season, Theerathon’s outstanding performance throughout the season is not forgotten. He has been selected in the first XI of AFC men’s team of the year 2020 alongside Son Heung-min, and is the only Asean player to make the list.

Yokohama open their 2021 J-league campaign with a tough encounter, as they visit the defending champions Kawasaki Frontale on February 26.

Happy belated birthday to Theerathon, and all the best in his quest to win a second J-League title.


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Olusegun’s new passport gets Konrad into Selangor

German midfielder Manuel Konrad completes Selangor’s foreign line-up for the 2021 Malaysian Super League season.

The 32-year-old former Germany Under-20 player was allowed to join the Red Giants after their Nigerian-born striker Ifedayo Olusegun’s application for Bahraini citizen was accepted.

The Malaysian Super League 2020 top scorer Olusegun’s registration as a Bahraini freed up a spot for a non-Asian foreign player in the Selangor squad.

Konrad, who has played for FC Freiburg and Dynamo Dresden in a club career spent entirely in Germany, is the latest European acquisition by Selangor.

He joins compatriot Tim Heuback, a defender, and Swiss midfielder Oliver Buff in making a debut in Asian football for the coming season.

The trio were acquired through the recommendations of Selangor coach Karsten Neitzel and technical director Michael Feichteinbeiner, who are both Germans.

The other foreign player on Selangor’s books is Singapore international Safuwan Baharuddin, who occupies the Asean player slot.

Selangor, who are celebrating their 85th anniversary this year, have not won the league title since 2010. The most successful club in Malaysia finished fifth in the 12-team Super League last year.


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Look for more! Ronaldo checks ref’s watch for a goal

During Juventus’ 2-0 victory over Roma, Cristiano Ronaldo checked the referee’s watch in an attempt to get an extra goal.

The superstar couldn’t believe that his attempt that was cleared off the line was not awarded as a goal. Hence, he took the extra step of asking to check the referee’s watch to confirm if the ball had really not crossed over.      

The Portuguese star’s effort in the 22nd minute hit the crossbar and bounced on the goalline before Roma’s Gianluca Mancini cleared the danger.

Despite having already scored in the match earlier and being the leading goalscorer in Serie A, Ronaldo never felt like he’s had enough goals.

 The Juventus ace wanted another goal so much that he asked the referee if he could have a look at the latter’s watch, which alerts the official when the ball goes over the line.

Referee Daniele Orsato could have warned or cautioned Ronaldo to not challenge his authority, but he just showed the Portuguese star his watch and turned away smiling.

Ronaldo, who turned 36 a day before the game, is now leading the Serie A’s goalscoring chart with 16 goals, with AC Milan’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Lazio’s Ciro Immobile and Inter Milan’s Romelu Lukaku all trailing behind with 14 goals each.

Happy belated birthday to Ronaldo, and all the best in his quest to win a first Serie A golden boot award.


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Luqman’s national team debut coming soon?

The Belgium-based Luqman Hakim Shamsudin will get his chance to make a debut with the Malaysian national team soon.

Malaysia chief coach Tan Cheng Hoe confirmed that the wonderkid, who is currently with Belgium First Division club KV Kortrijk, is among the players to be called up for the next national team training camp in March.

Luqman has already played for Malaysia's Under-16, Under-18, Under-19 and Under-23 sides.

Luqman, who turns 19 next month, has made one senior team appearance for Kortrijk since signing a five-year contract last year. However, he has been performing impressively for the club’s Under-21 side.

The player returned to action in early January after recovering from a hamstring injury which he suffered last October.

And his latest displays have not gone unnoticed by Cheng Hoe, who is preparing the Malayan Tigers to face the remaining three matches in their 2022 World Cup and 2023 Asian Cup Group G qualifiers.

Malaysia were scheduled to take on UAE in Dubai on March 25, before hosting Vietnam in Kuala Lumpur five days later and completing the fixtures against Thailand in Bangkok in June.

However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, all the remaining Group G qualifiers are likely to be played at a neutral venue in June.

Malaysia are currently second in Group G behind leaders Vietnam, with the top two teams going through to the next qualifying phase in the Asian Zone qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. A top-two finish will also ensure direct entry into the 2023 Asian Cup to be hosted in China.  


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Payet in trouble again after launching kung-fu kick on Verratti

Marseille’s star player Dimitry Payet was sent off in the game against PSG as he launched a kung-fu kick on Marco Veratti.

The game was just seconds away from ending, and the 2-0 scoreline meant there was no chance for Marseille to make a comeback. However, Payet launched a flying kick onto Verratti’s waist, an act which could be a reaction for losing to bitter rivals.

The referee didn’t hesitate in showing Payet a red card. The latest sending off is the French winger’s third red card since the start of the 2019/20 season, which is more than any other Ligue 1 player.

Statistics don’t lie and this could prove that Payet was not innocent when he injured Cristiano Ronaldo during the Euro 2016 final.

In that match, the former West Ham winger launched a rough tackle onto Ronaldo’s knee, which resulted in the Portuguese star stretchered off early in the first half of the game.

Despite facing a lot of criticism on social media, Payet insisted that he did not intent to hurt Ronaldo and it was just an accident. Nevertheless, Portugal beat France in the final after Eder scored the only goal of the game in 109th minute.

In fact, Payet could have gotten more blame if France had won, but the most recent incident just shows that he never learns from the past and keeps on playing in a malicious way. 


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From a nobody to Bangkok’s top scorer, Nattawut dedicates success to Tokyo adventure

Nattawut Suksum, this season’s Bangkok United top scorer has attributed his experience with Japanese side FC Tokyo in 2019 to his current success.

Before the loan move to the FC Tokyo Under-23 team in 2019, the then 21-year-old Nattawut was just a rising star who made five appearances for the Bangkok first team. He had initially planned to join a Thai League 2 or 3 team to get more playing time and was reluctant to go Japan as he felt he was not ready for that level ye.

However, Nattawut changed his mind after his parents encouraged him to give Tokyo a try. They told him that not many people will get such an opportunity in their life.

Nattawut’s initial life in Tokyo was not easy. He was sick in his first week in Tokyo after struggling to adapt to the winter season. He claimed that he also had to work harder to win a spot in the starting eleven, as the coach would otherwise prefer to use a Japanese player for easy communication.

After gaining the trust of the coach, he made 17 appearances in 34 league games for the Tokyo Under-23 team, and provided three goals and one assist. His chance to train with the first team players also allowed him to learn new football concepts and made him a better football player.

 From a nobody to become Bangkok’s current top scorer, Nattawut proved that hard work indeed pays off. However, his six goals in 17 games will not be enough to win any silverware as Bangkok are currently eighth in the Thai League 1 standings.

The 23-year-old Nattawut still needs to improve and score more goals, to prevent Bangkok from missing out on the top-five finish which they have maintained in every season since 2015.


(Photo: Bangkok United Facebook page)

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Sabah coach finally gets his Indonesian player

Sabah FC coach Kurniawan Dwi Yulianto’s search to bring an Indonesian player aboard the Malaysian Super League side ended with the signing of Saddil Ramdani.

The Indonesia national team winger will join the Rhinos initially on loan from Indonesian Liga 1 team Bhayangkara Solo FC. When his contract with the Indonesian club expires at the end of February, he will be offered a permanent contract with Sabah.

The contract issue had threatened to scupper Saddil’s return to Malaysia. Sabah had been unwilling to fork out a hefty transfer fee for the 22-year-old, whose contract expires in less than a month.

However, the Malaysian side could not wait as the transfer window for the Malaysian league closes in a week’s time. With the date for Indonesia’s new season yet to be announced, the short-term loan deal is seen as a win situation for all parties concerned.

Saddil, who featured for Super League team Pahang in 2019, was not Kurniawan’s first pick to fill up the Asean player quota for Sabah.

The former Indonesia national Under-23 coach had initially targeted another national player Febri Hariyadi. But a loan deal fell through after the midfielder’s club Persib Bandung insisted on inserting a clause requiring Febri to return immediately when the new Indonesian season begins.

Kurniawan’s pursue of Arema SC forward Kushedya Hari Yudo also failed to bear fruit after the player received interest from other bigger clubs.

Saddil joins South Korean defender Park Tae-soo, who was retained from last season, as the only foreign players in the Sabah squad.

With the clock ticking down before the transfer window closes, Sabah have yet to finalise deals for Gabon international midfielder Levy Madinda and Argentine forward Jorge Pereyra Diaz, a former Johor Darul Ta’zim player.

Sabah narrowly escaped relegation from the top-flight Super League last year after finishing 10th among the 12 competing teams.


(Photo: Bhayangkara FC Facebook page)

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Teerasil proves he’s not over the hill with debut goal

It took just 16 minutes for any doubts regarding Teerasil Dangda’s form and match fitness to be thrown out the window.

There were questions among Thai fans whether the Thai legend still possesses the venom to haunt opposing defences, or if he is returning home to wind down a successful playing career.

However, the 32-year-old striker showed he has not lost any hunger or killer instinct in his first match since returning to Thailand and joining BG Pathum United.

In the League 1 match against Police Tero, Teerasil timed his run perfectly to meet strike partner Diogo’s cross and finished clinically from close range to put Pathum 1-0 up.

The Rabbits went on to win the game 2-0, and maintained their seven-point lead at the top of the standings over Port FC, who beat Sukhothai 1-0.  

What was impressive for Pathum, who are unbeaten after 17 games into the 2020/21 campaign, is the immediate understanding forged by their new partnership of Teerasil and Diogo.

The two players have never lined up on the same team before this, and only faced each other as opponents when Teerasil represented Muangthong United and Diogo featured for Buriram United in 2017.

Diogo, who arrived from Malaysian Super League champions Johor Darul Ta’zim in early December, was only playing in his second game for Pathum on Saturday. Teerasil only signed for the Rabbits after returning from J-League team Shimizu S-Pulse last month.

Pathum coach Dusit Chalermsan is excited that his two new strikers had hit it off immediately, and has vowed to change the way the team plays to adapt better to the playing styles of the pair.

The only complaint about Pathum during the first half of the season was that their goals were shared out all over the team, and that the strikers were not doing enough. With both Teerasil and Diogo on board now, Pathum will be even harder to stop from clinching the league title.


(Photo: BG Pathum United Facebook page)

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Minamino set to shine again

Despite failing to prevent his new team from falling to their fifth straight league defeat, Takumi Minamino can still feel positive after scoring on his Southampton debut in the 2-3 loss to Newcastle on Saturday.

The loan player from Liverpool made an instant impact for the Saints by scoring a goal that showcased his perfect ball control and clinical finishing. Minamino also played a crucial part in Newcastle midfielder Jeff Hendrick getting sent off at 49th minute. Hendrick pulled back the Japanese midfielder after failing to match his opponent’s pace.  

Overall, Minamino’s first appearance could be said to be a success even though Southampton lost to the the 10-men Magpies.

Minamino’s impressive debut did not only manage to please the Saints’ manager and fans, but also led to Liverpool fans being angry regarding the loan decision on Twitter.

“Lovely taki show, our club why this was a disastrous decision”, “Bring back our minaminoooooooo”, “Ridiculous how we loaned out Minamino and kept Origi madness decision”, “That Minamino would be a good signing tor Liverpool right now, belter goal today”

However, Minamino’s loan move is the perfect solution for all the three parties concerned.

Minamino has made only four starts for the Reds in the Premier League since joining in January 2020. Since he wasn’t getting enough opportunities under Juergen Klopp, it was better for him to seek a team that could build up his match fitness and confidence.

For Southampton, since the assistant coach Richard Kitzbichler has worked with Minamino previously at RB Salzburg, they have the potential to help the 26-year-old forward regain his best form.

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Can Rayong pull a surprise against Muangthong United?

After overcoming Samut Prakan in the Thai FA Cup third round just three days ago, Muangthong United will be in high confidence to beat bottom club Rayong at home turf tomorrow. This is only the third meeting between the two teams, with Muangthong winning both the previous encounters comfortably. The 17th league game for both teams in the  Thai League 1 2020/21 season will be played at Muangthong’s SCG stadium at 6pm Malaysian time.


Muangthong the “Titanic”

Since the dream team consisting Teerasil Dangda, Chanahtip Songkrasin and Theerathon Bunmathan were dismantled in 2017, Muangthong have been sinking slowly. They have now gone from winning 5 trophies in 2016 and 2017 to slide to fourth in 2018, fifth in 2019 and are currently seventh in the present campaign.


Newbie Rayong

This is the first time that Rayong are playing top flight football in Thailand since the club was founded in 2009. They were tagged relegation favourites even before the season started due to top flight inexperience and a lack of quality players. At the moment, Rayong seem unlikely to beat the odds as they have only accumulated only 10 points from 16 games, and have the poorest goal difference (-23) in the league.


Relegation Battle

Although it will be an uphill task for Rayong to stay in Thai League 1, it is still too early to conclude their demise. They can also take heart that the 13th-placed Suphanburi, currently seven points higher than Rayong, are having worse form. Suphanburi have lost their past four league games, including the midweek 3-0 defeat to Chonburi, and could fall into the relegation zone easily. This will be a factor for Rayong to go all out tomorrow to keep their survival dream alive. 


Injuries and suspensions

The only absentee from for Muangthong is Dang Van Lam. The Vietnam first choice goalkeeper finally got his wish to join J-League side Cerezo Osaka after a contract dispute with Muangthong. However, it won’t affect the home team as the second-choice Somporn Yos has done a pretty good job keeping three cleansheets in five matches for Muangthong this season.

Rayong will have their key centreback Suwat Junboonpha back in contention after serving a one game suspension. Therefore, Masami Taki will be delighted to have full squad to choose for this game.


Head-to-head record

Both teams have played only twice against each other in the past, with Muangthong scoring five goals and not conceded any. This includes the first clash in the current season, which Muangthong won 3-0 in February 2020 despite being the visiting. They also won 2-0 in a friendly match back in 2018.


Key players to watch

Muangthong

Derley (Brazil): The 33-year-old Brazilian forward best defines the “old is gold” adage. Derley scored 21 goals in 42 appearances for the Kirins since joining the team last season. He has scored in nine of his 16 league appearances this season, with one of the goals coming from the reverse fixture against Rayong.

Rayong

Adalgisio Pitbull (Brazil): The Brazilian forward has been utilised in three different positions for Rayong - left winger, centreforward and right winger. Pitbull showed his versatility by scoring from all the three position played. He has only featured seven times, and scoring four goals, for the the Dragon Horses this season due to injuries. However, Rayong fans will hope that a fully-fit Pitbull will be in hot form in the year of the Ox to rescue his team from relegation.


Prediction

Based on the quality of both squads and their head-to-head record, it will be a big surprise if Muangthong fails to win this game comfortably. Furthermore, Rayong will be rusty as they are just returning from a one-month break, with the home team just being in action in the FA Cup three days ago.


Score prediction: Muangthong to win 2-0

(Photo: Muangthong United Facebook page)

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Krasniqi, Syahrian make history as first Asean players in A-League

The wait for a Southeast Asian to arrive in the A-League is finally over with the announcement of two players joining Newcastle Jets.

Liridon Krasniqi, a naturalised Malaysian, and Indonesian Syahrian Abimanyu were both signed on loan on Friday from Malaysia’s top club Johor Darul Ta’zim.

The moves are historic as despite Australia’s proximity to Southeast Asia and the abundance of quality players in the region, none have made the trip south to the A-League.

If Krasniqi and Syahrian’s moves prove to be successful, it could open the gates for more Asean players to join the Australian domestic competition.

It would also benefit the Asean countries, as their national teams will be strengthened by players enriched with the experience of playing in the highly-rated and competitive A-League.

For the A-League, it is a golden marketing opportunity to tap into a vast Asean region teeming with football-crazy supporters that will be keen to follow the progress of their home players.

The Kosovo-born Krasniqi was granted Malaysian citizenship last year after playing for five seasons with Malaysian clubs Kedah, Melaka United and JDT.

The 29-year-old, however, has yet to make his debut for the Malaysian national team following the Covid-19 outbreak last year.

He made his name as a combative midfielder for Kedah, whom he helped to win the Malaysia Cup in 2016 and was voted Best Foreign Player in Malaysia. Last year, he joined JDT and was part of the squad that won the Super League title for the seventh straight year.

The 21-year-old Syahrian is highly-rated in his home country and is seen as a future star for the Indonesia national side. The Indonesia Under-23 player joined JDT for the 2021 season after representing Madura United for the last two years.

The two players’ presence will be a booster for Newcastle, who are currently bottom of the A-league standings. They have won just once after six matches in the 2021 campaign, and have nothing to lose by gambling on their Asean duo. 


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Pathum ready to resume march to league title

After five weeks of inactivity, the Thai League 1 runaway leaders BG Pathum United resume their march towards the league title tomorrow when they travel to face Police Tero FC. This is the second time that the two teams are meeting in the 2020/21 campaign, with Pathum winning the first encounter 3-0 at home on February 26 last year. Tomorrow’s match, which will be the 17th league game for both clubs, will be played at Police Tero’s Boonyachinda Stadium in Bangkok at 7.30pm Malaysian time.   


Invincible Pathum

Although the Thai domestic football resumed last weekend, Pathum have not seen any action yet as they were already knocked out of the FA Cup before the suspension for Covid-19 in late December.

The league leaders will be extra fresh and ready when they take on Police Tero. With just over half of the season completed, the Rabbits have a healthy seven-point lead over second-placed Port FC. Pathum have only dropped four points from their opening 16 games and are yet to be beaten in the league.

With tough back-to-back games against fourth-placed Buriram (February 13) and Port (February 17) coming up soon, nothing less than a win will be acceptable for Pathum to keep the chasing pack at an arm’s length.


Extra shift for the Cops

Just like Pathum, the 12th-placed Police Tero were also not involved in midweek’s FA Cup and can troop out tomorrow with optimum energy levels. The Cops are expected to employ a defensive approach to frustrate the marauding Rabbits.

An experienced defence line featuring South Korean Kwon Dae-hee, Ghanaian Isaac Honey and Malaysian Dominic Tan will need to put on their best performance of the season against a potent Pathum attack led by Brazilian Diogo.


An easy day at the back

Police Tero have the league’s second worst scoring record, with just 15 goals netted in 16 matches.  

The recent purchase of ex-Montenegro international Dragan Boskovic from Chonburi is unlikely to improve their attacking prowess overnight. It will be an easy day at the office for Thailand national goalkeeper Chatchai Budprom and the Pathum defenders ahead of him.   


Injuries and suspension:

There are no injuries or suspensions for both teams.


Head to head record:

Pathum enjoy a huge advantage over their fellow newly promoted side, having won seven of their nine previous encounters.

This includes a 3-0 victory at the Rabbits’ home turf on 26 February in this season’s corresponding fixture. Irfan Fandi, Toti and Sirroch Chattong all got on the scoresheet in that game. The Brazilian Toti has since been loaned out to Samut Prakan City.

Police Tero clearly do not fancy meeting Pathum as they lost six of the seven matches by at least a three-goal margin.

The Cops only avoided defeats during the two encounters in the Thai League 2 campaign in 2019. Police Tero won 2-1 at home in March 2019 before holding Pathum to a 1-1 draw in the return match four months later.


Key players to watch:

Pathum: Teerasil Dangda (Thailand)

The 32-year-old Thai legend is expected to make his first appearance for Pathum tomorrow. After featuring for J-league side Shimizu S-Pulse last year, the forward has returned to his homeland. There will be plenty of attention from the Thai fans who want to know if Teerasil is still the same lethal player who terrorised opposition defences during his prime. His presence only makes the already-strong Pathum even more formidable.

Police Tero: Prasit Padungchok (Thailand)

The former Muangthong United back-up goalkeeper Prasit has only kept two clean sheets in 16 games for Police Tero this season. On paper, he is not given much of a chance to extend this streak having also conceded three times when he faced the league leaders earlier this season. But Prasit can take heart that the only time Pathum failed to score in the current league campaign was during the 0-0 draw against lowly team Prachuap.


Prediction:

It will be like a stroll in the park for Pathum, who will gear up for more challenging tasks ahead with a commanding victory. The best Police Tero can hope is to limit the damage, and hope that Pathum will be rusty after the long break.

Score prediction: Pathum to win 3-0


(Photo: BG Pathum United Facebook page)


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Motoyama is first ex-Japan international in Malaysian football

Masashi Motoyama arrived in Malaysia from Fukuoka yesterday and is set to make history as the first former Japanese national player to play in Malaysian football.

The 41-year-old midfielder, who was part of Japan’s victorious 2004 Asian Cup team, is set to sign a contract with Kelantan United.

The signing of Motoyama, who is a six-times J-League 1 title winner with Kashima Antlers, is considered a coup for Kelantan United. The Premier League side have to thank the involvement of their sponsors Yakult Malaysia and the persuasion of their new head coach Akira Hagashiyama in successfully luring Motoyama to Malaysia.

Motoyama spent a successful 18 seasons with Kashima from 1998 till 2015, with whom he won the league title in 1998, 2000, 2001, 2007, 2008 and 2009, Emperor’s Cup in 2000 and 2007, J-League Cup in 2000 and 2002, and the Japanese Super Cup in 2009.

In 2016, the left-sided midfielder joined J-League 2 side Giravanz Kitakyushu, and represented the club for four seasons before leaving in 2019.

Besides making 28 appearances for the Samurai Blue, he had also featured for Japan’s age-group teams in the 2000 Sydney Olympics and the 1999 World Youth Championship, in which Japan finished runner-up to Spain. 

Motoyama is not the only Japanese player on Kelantan United’s roster. The Green Deers also brought in defender Yuki Tanigawa, who played for Kuching City in the Premier League last season. The other foreign player in the squad is Gambian midfielder Gassama Alfusainey.

Kelantan United have assembled a youthful squad for the 2021, with most of the players being under 23 years old. Besides Motoyama, the other experienced hand in the team is the 38-year-old former Malaysia national player and Kelantan FC skipper Mohamad Badhri Radzi.

The ever-popular Badhri, who captained Kelantan FC to win the Malaysian Super League, Malaysia Cup and FA Cup treble in 2012 before leaving the team in 2018, returns for a new adventure in his home state, this time with Kelantan United.

Kelantan United finished eighth among 12 teams in the shortened second-tier Premier League season in 2020.


(Photo: Giravanz Kitakyushu Facebook page)

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Is Safiq Rahim returning to JDT?

Safiq Rahim, who is often cited as the architect on the pitch who established Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) as a new force in Malaysian football, is said to be returning to the Southern Tigers.

Safiq, who was at the heart of the JDT renaissance project initiated by club owner HRH Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim in 2013, left the club in 2018 after six trophy-laden seasons.

After joining JDT from his home state Selangor in 2013, Safiq helped the Southern Tigers win five straight Super League titles from 2014, the AFC Cup in 2015, the Malaysia Cup in 2017 and the FA Cup in 2016.  

Following two seasons with Melaka United, the 33-year-old former Malaysia international is now said to be on JDT’s radar again.

A document that was leaked online purportedly shows JDT’s official transfer request to Melaka United to sign their former captain Safiq.

If it turns out to be true, Safiq will be one of the new signings which JDT will announce in February.

JDT’s sporting director Martin Prest posted a brief statement on the club’s official Facebook page that three players will be unveiled soon, followed by the launch of the newly-built JDT cycling studio.

The team’s new jersey launch and the release of the club’s docu-series “Fearless” are also expected this month.


(Photo: Southern Tigers Twitter)

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