Goal.com's 2012 Malaysian Super League Preview: Perak FA

Goal.com takes an exclusive look at the 14 teams participating in the 2012 Malaysian Super League

By Avineshwaran Taharumalengam

It will be all about revival as Perak prepare to foresee a major turn in fortune.


Khairul Amri Salehuddin, Kamarul Effendy Abdul Rahim, Mohd Nasril Mat Nourdin


Mohd Khairi Zainuddin, Mohd Badrul Azam Mohd Zamri, Chan Wing Hoong, Mohd Syazwan Roslan, Mohd Shahrom Abdul Kalam, Mohd Noor Hazrul Mustafa, Mohd Hisyammuddin Syaari


Fahrul Razi Kamruddin, Shahrulnizam Mustapha(Captain), Mohd Nazri Kamal, Wan Hossein Wan Abdul Ghani, Mohd Fazrul Hazli Mohd Kadri, K.Nanthakumar, Isma Alif Mohd Salim, Muhd Nurridzuan Abu Hassan, Mohd Shazuan Ashraff Matthews, Mohd Rafiuddin Roddin, Michal Kubala


Muhd Shafiq Jamal, Akmal Rizal Ahmad Rakhli, Mohd Failee Mohd Ghazali, Lazar Popovic

The Seladangs are slowly on the verge of making a comeback after years in the doldrums. Having faced periods of uncertainty, last season they impressed as they stunned the likes of Kelantan and Kedah and finished respectably in the Super League and Malaysia Cup.

Under coach Norizan Abu Bakar, Perak were more than just pushovers last season and their aim was always to revive the fortunes of the club. With key players Akhmal Rizal Rakhli, Shahrulnizam Mustapa and K. Nanthakumar all retained for this season, the Seladangs made some intriguing signings as well.

Despite seeing potential targets Safiq Rahim and Abdul Hadi Yahya all slip away, the Seladangs managed to secure the signature of talismanic defender Abdul Shahrom Kalam, who was a revelation with Kuala Lumpur FA last year. Norizan, fondly known as Cikgu Jan, was also quick to snap up Fahrul Razi Kamaruddin and Badrul Azam Mohd Zamri, both players boasting vast experience in their CV. Other acquisations include Failee Ghazali and Rafiuddin Roddin, after they impressed in the Malaysia Cup last year.

Perak have also signed Slovakian midfielder Michal Kubala and Serbian forward Lazar Popovic. Kubala, 31, last played in the Romanian top division, while Popovic, a towering presence, comes with glowing reviews about his goalscoring credentials.

The Seladangs have been inconsistent in their pre-season build-up so far. Glimpses of the 'Krescka-Repasi' combination between Popovic and Kubala have been visible and will only get better as they gel with the team. Shahrulnizam Mustapa will lead the team by example and with a solid defence commanded by Khairi Zainuddin, it could be an interesting season for Cikgu Jan's boys.

PERAK FA | Fact File

Super League
FA Cup
Malaysia Cup
Home Stadium
Perak Stadium, Ipoh, Perak
Team Colours
Black and Yellow (H), White (A)
2012 Verdict

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