Hafiz Kamal on Perak’s shortlist

Pahang’s Hafiz Kamal has come under the radar of Perak whose squad is going through a massive overhaul ahead of the 2014 Malaysian Super League season.

Perak have shown interest in signing Pahang’s Hafiz Kamal to beef up their squad long before the M-League season begins in 2014.

The 26-year-old’s contract with the Elephants has already run out and Selagangs’ team manager Datuk Azhar Ahmad was quick to pick up on the situation.

“I had spoken to his father,” Azhar told Bernama.

“If [Hafiz] decides to come back, it's better for him to play for his home state.

“So far, the situation seems positive and he is keen to play for Perak.”

The massive overhaul at Perak will see 12 players leave the Ipoh-based side including two of their foreign signings, Paolo Rangel and Michal Kubala.

According to Azhar, they will hang on to 10 of their senior squad members and draft the top players from its President’s Cup team.

He added: “Although 12 players, including two foreign charges, have left us, we have a very loyal pool of players from the President's Cup squad who could be put through their paces to match the seniors.”

“To date, we have negotiated with players from Myanmar, Syria and Ghana,” Azhar enthused while highlighting that the Seladangs need foreigners to boost their defence and midfield.

“I notice that they are on par with our top national players.

“Many players are interested to play for Perak, but we will enlist the best and within our means.”

Perak are currently running a three-day trial, beginning November 7 and since then, about 200 players have turned up at the state’s stadium.

Out of the whole lot, a surprise candidate was Johor Darul Takzim’s Tuah Iskandar who faces tough competition at the Southern state after they made several big signings, including Pablo Aimar and ex-LionsXII vice-captain, Hariss Harun.

Regarding his goal for the 2014 Malaysian Super League (MSL), Azhar revealed that he aims for a better finish than this year’s seventh place.

“God willing, I will make sure that Perak are on the right track to finish at least in the fifth or sixth position next season,” he said.

“If we get strong support from the fans, we will be able to give a strong commitment in developing Perak football.”