Zulfahmi shows no nerves ahead of Pahang game

The young midfielder, who will be handed his first taste of action in the Malaysian Super League for the LionsXII, says he wants to improve his goalscoring record this season
By Teng Kiat

He will be thrown into the deep-end tomorrow against Pahang FA, but LionsXII midfielder Zulfahmi Arifin is not losing any sleep over it.

“Not really!” the 22-year-old responded when asked whether he was nervous ahead of his first start, before going on to explain what he hopes to achieve during the game.

“I have not been scoring many goals and a lot of coaches keep asking me to shoot,” Zulfahmi said, admitting that he is more used to passing the ball instead of going for goal.

“So I think I’ll try to shoot more and score if I can, because I rarely score!”

The former Courts Young Lions player has not tasted any action for the LionsXII since signing for them, due to a groin injury, but he told Goal.com Singapore after their training session on Thursday evening that he feels fully fit and ready to go.

“Can la, [I feel fit] because the training has been very intense for the past few days, like last week for example in Jordan and Bahrain,” said Zulfahmi, who won his first Singapore cap in the Bahrain friendly.
“Every training [session] is very intense, so I think I am okay [in terms of fitness].”

Revealing that he has fit in well with the rest of the team as he already knows “almost everyone”, Zulfahmi did admit that he would need time to adjust to the intensity levels of Malaysian Super League (MSL) games.

“I think maybe the matches will be much tougher, so I need to be prepared [for that],” he said.

“Our performances have been quite mixed [so far] because like I’ve said, in this League every team is equal and all of them have a  fair chance to win.

“For example, lower teams can beat top teams, like PKNS beating us. So every game won’t be easy.”

When asked about the team’s chances against Pahang, Zulfahmi expressed his belief in the squad.

“I am quite confident because our team is very strong, especially with [the likes of] Shahril (Shahril Ishak), Shahfiq (Shafiq Ghani) and Hariss (Hariss Harun) coming back from injury,” he proclaimed.