BY ZULHILMI ZAINAL Follow on Twitter
Kedah goalkeeper has Farhan Abu Bakar has defended himself against the contempt expressed by Red Eagles fans' towards him, for his performance in Kedah's 3-2 league win over Sarawak on Friday.
In the match that was played at Kedah home ground the Darul Aman Stadium, a mistake by the young goalkeeper led to the visitors' second goal in the 26th minute. The home side trailed by 2-1, before eventually overturning the deficit to record a win.
Goals from the Kedah vs Sarawak match
Kedah fans have long been critical of Farhan, who according to them has committed too many mistakes and has not been playing as well as the Red Eagles' two other custodians; Abdul Hadi Hamid and Ifwat Akmal, ever since he signed for Kedah at the start of the 2016 season.
In a post on his Facebook, Farhan wrote that he even had to discourage his own father from attending the match against Sarawak, as he had known that he would be on the receiving end of abuse from Kedah fans.
"To my father, I am sorry for discouraging you from attending the match last night (Friday), as I had expected what would happen.
"I don't care if 20,000 fans berated me, as long as you are not hurt. May this test from God make me stronger in the future," he wrote.
Farhan also wrote of his late mother, and how he wished she were still around to watch him play.
"To my late mother, who passed away when I was 10 years old. She was a Kedah fan. When she was still in confinement (after delivering him), she took me on a bus to watch a game... If my mother was still around, she would have loved to see her own son in action. At least among the contempt of the thousands of fans, there's still someone out there still praying for me."
But the 23-year old vows to soldier on, promising to work harder for the sake of those who have stood by him all this while.
"Yes, life has its ups and downs. Honestly, when I read the comments on Facebook, Instagram and social media I see many people condemning and ridiculing me, which makes me upset and demotivated.
"But my journey is still long. I will take all the negativivity as a challenge to push on. Everybody stumbles now and then. But they will not stay down forever.
"Let them say what they like, what is important is that I will work harder for my family and friends who have been behind me throughout my struggle," continued the former Harimau Muda custodian.
He nevertheless took the time to apologise to Kedah fans and teammates.
"...I want to apologise if I have infuriated the supporters. At the moment I just need moral support, instead of scorn.
"To my teammates, I also want to apologise if I have made any mistakes. They are among the best whom I've ever worked in throughout my career. God willing, I will come back stronger!" wrote Farhan.