Irfan Fazail vows to work hard to avenge SEA Games failure

Johor Darul Takzim's new signing is determined to put his Myanmar behind him and do well with his new club

After going through a difficult in SEA Games with the Young Tigers, Johor Darul Takzim's (JDT) new signing Irfan Fazail is determined to perform much better for his new club.

Irfan captained the national Under-23 football team for the tournament in December, where Malaysia failed to retain their gold medal after losing to Indonesia in the semi-final following a penalty shootout.

Irfan has said that both national coach Datuk Ong Kim Swee and JDT’s coach Cesar Ferrando Jimenez have urged him to move on after he was brutally criticised by the fans for his below-par performances in the tournament.

“It’s not easy to forget of what happened in Myanmar as I felt like I have let the whole country down,” Irfan told The Star. "We have given our best to defend the goal but it was not meant to be."

Irfan recently joined JDT along with two Young Tigers teammates, Fadhli Shas and Izham Tarmizi, and he insisted that he is really excited with the prospect of playing alongside the team's marquee player.

“It’s great to have Fadhli and Izham with me and I can’t wait to work hard and play alongside a world-class player such as Aimar," he added. "We have a tough task ahead of us to break into the team."

JDT have made a few major signings during the transfer window, with internationals such as Mahali Jasuli, Amri Yahaya and Shakir Shaari also joining the star-studded Southern Tigers. They also signed Baihakki Khaizan and Hariss Harun from last season's champions, the LionsXII.