Canaries finalise foreign imports, Melaka show commitment to claw themselves out of the Malaysian football nether region
The Red Giants have finally secured the service of young Indonesian star Andik Vermansyah, as announced by them on their website on Saturday. The 21-year old winger was earlier reported to be attracting interest from Portuguese and Japanese clubs, and he had also said that he wants to pursue his playing career overseas. The former Persebaya player put pen to paper in a ceremony in Jakarta that was attended by Selangor officials and his manager. The announcement also states that Andik's contract is for one year, and he will be coming to Shah Alam after playing for his country's Under 23 team in the SEA Games this month. Former Indonesian forward Bambang Pamungkas, who played for Selangor from 2005 to 2007, also wished Andik good luck on his Twitter account, stating that Andik has made a very astute decision by joining the 32 time Malaysia Cup champions.
Andik's addition to the squad means Selangor now have one more foreign signing slot to fill, after having secured the services of Brazilians Paulo Rangel and Junior Aparecido. Selangor will be playing in the 2014 AFC Cup, the second consecutive time they are doing so after exiting the competition at the second round stage in the 2013 edition.
After announcing that they were pursuing several foreign signings last week and the confirmation by Andriano Pellegrino on Friday that he will be joining the Canaries, the Kedah FA on Saturday announced through their official Facebook page that they have completed their search for three more foreign players. They players are Billy Mehmet who had been one of their initial targets, former Sydney F.C. and Selangor centreback Adam Griffiths, as well as 24-year old Spanish defender Jose Franco Gomez.
After being in the doldrums in the past seasons, FAM League side Melaka are aiming for a resurgence in the upcoming season, and a promotion to the Premier League in 2015. To this end, the 1983 Division One champions have secured the services of several former Super League and Premier League players, in a contract signing event, reported Utusan Malaysia. They are K. Rajan (Felda United), Amirul Omar (Negeri Sembilan), Wan Azwari (Sabah) and K. Shathiya (Johor). The Mousedeers are also set to welcome the return of Melaka-born players who have been playing for other teams; Saiful Mustapa and Yusri Abas (T-Team), Atif Hanif (Perlis), Mohizam Shah (Felda), Khairul Ehsan (Kedah) and Rashid Mahmud (Negeri Sembilan). Apart from the players, they also signed Ladislav Totkovic, a 51-year old coach from Slovakia as their head coach. Melaka played Super League side Perak in a pre-season friendly match on Saturday night, a match that ended in a 1-1 draw, which shows promise of the side's chances in the following season.