Goal Malaysia runs through the best performers in the opening round of Malaysian top-flight action
In Goal Malaysia's 4-4-2 formation, Pahang custodian Khairul Azhan is the man in between the posts. He was in fine form as he helped his team to a Charity Shield triumph.
Making his debut for Johor Darul Ta’zim, Baihakki Khaizan showed why he is highly rated in this region, by putting in a top notch performance against Perak. He defended well throughout the game, and kept Shahrizal Saad and Zelimir Terkes at bay, which was crucial in them keeping a clean sheet. Partnering Baihakki would be Jamaican defender Damion Stewart who was very solid against LionsXII. Despite the defeat to JDT, Martin Kafando showcased tremendous defensive qualities in dealing with the likes of Luciano Figueroa, Pablo Aimar and even Amri Yahya, as he led the Perak defence by example throughout the game. Rounding off the solid back four is Hamka Hamzah who made his debut for PKNS FC and scored their only goal of the game. Though they were eventually defeated by Terengganu, Hamka's performance in defence was certainly impressive and caught the eye of many.
Leading our formidable midfield is K. Gurusamy, who dominated the middle of the park for Selangor against T-Team. He was quick to close down opponents and was good with his distribution. Young midfielder Shukri Hamid was thrown into the deep end because of injuries to his team mates, however he was unfazed against the star-studded JDT side. He showcased that he is a good reader of the game and used his physicality well. On the left wing we have JDT's utility man Nurul Azwan Roya who shone ahead of the presence of more illustrious compatriots, Azwan Roya showed he was not only threatening going forward but also helped to protect Fazly Manan. On the wing is Pahang's R. Gopinathan who tormented Faritz the entire game with his dribbling and the LionsXII right back just couldn't cope with his trickery.
Up front, former Perak goalscoring machine Paulo Rangel. The Brazilian helped his new team notch their first win with a brace, by overcoming a steely Titans defence. Partnering Rangel is Kelantan's new (old) signing Mohammed Ghaddar, who repaid the faith shown by the Red Warriors in signing him for a second time by scoring two goals. He came off the bench, and his goals won them the match.
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