Title win vindicates Safawi's decision to join JDT

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Safawi Rasid took a massive decision before the start of 2017 season and after picking up his first league title, it's a move that has been justified

Safawi Rasid was one of those players who won their first ever league title as Johor Darul Ta'zim (JDT) retained their Super League title for the fourth straight season. 

The forward moved from T-Team to JDT in 2017 after breaking into the scene in 2016, helping the Titans to an incredible Malaysia Cup run which they reached the semi-final stage.

Having picked up his first winners medal, Safawi rightly feels vindicated for having made the decision to accept JDT's offer in the first place.

"I joined JDT because I want to improve as a player. Before I went there, I knew JDT is a great team. You can consider it the right decision because we have managed to retain the Super League and now there's one more cup to challenge for," said Safawi to Goal.

Given the quality that is available at JDT, it is a big challenge for any player to join the club - where game time could sometimes be hard to come by. While others seemed to have fallen on the wayside, Safawi has managed to work his way into the coach's trust.

Along with appearances either right from the start or from the bench, Safawi has also scored three goals thus far this season and it's a fantastic achievement for the 20-year-old seeing as his competition for places include the likes of Gonzalo Cabrera and Gabriel Guerra.

"I feel that I played a lot as well this year. AFC Cup, Malaysia Cup and also Super League. So in a way, I'm glad and happy that I've been given plenty of game time."

"I've improve a lot especially in my passing. I get to learn from players more experienced to me and it has helped me a lot," added Safawi.

The challenge now for the Dungun-born forward is to ensure that his improvement continues. He is in arguably the best place to do so where the infrastructure in place is the best available in the country.

With a determined mindset, Safawi is well on-course to grab the opportunities given to him with both hands as he looks to cement his place in the team for the forseeable future.

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