BY ZULHILMI ZAINAL Follow on Twitter
The M-League mid-season transfer window closed last Sunday, June 3, and several Malaysia Super League (MSL) clubs managed to make last-minute changes to their roster.
Melaka United, who have been busy throughout the transfer window, made two final signings. They acquired the services of former Malaysia U-23 defender Faris Shah Rosli from Kelantan, as well as Nigerian forward Ifedayo Olusegun from Bahrain's Al-Hidd. Ifedayo played for Felda United last season. Following their recent appointment of head coach Elavarasan Elangowan and their mid-season roster changes, the Mousedeers were able to overturn their form, and last weekend upset the more-fancied Kedah in Alor Setar.
Ifedayo playing for Felda in 2017. Photo from Felda
Elavarasan's former club PKNS FC meanwhile brought in 28-year old Brazilian attacking midfielder Bruno Matos from Brazil's Juazeirense-BA for Argentinian midfielder Jonathan Acosta. Jonatan had earlier been offered to rivals Selangor, but the offer was declined by the Red Giants head coach. The Red Ants also revealed that they had tried to bring back former striker Gabriel Guerra, but discussions fell through.
Terengganu FC meanwhile signed South Korean attacker Do Dong Hyun from beleaguered East Coast rivals Kelantan. Dong Hyun joined the Red Warriors from UiTM FC in the pre-season, but fell out of favour at the club. Japanese-Brazilian attacker Bruno Suzuki had to make way for Do, and was sent back to developmental club Terengganu II in the Premier League.
Perak signed 26-year old Lebanon defender Jad Noureddine from Safa Beirut SC. Jad has had experience playing in the region, having played for Indonesia's Pusamania Borneo and Arema FC in 2016 and 2017. He replaced Australian centre back Robert Cornthwaite, who on Monday announced his retirement from playing.
PKNP FC have had to make a frantic last-minute replacement for their new signing Karl Max Dany, who reportedly broke his ankle in training just one day before he was set to make his debut appearance for them. According to a report by the online edition of Berita Harian, he will be replaced by 24-year old Ghanian forward Alfred Okai Quaye, who is represented by the same agent as Dany's. However, Quaye's transfer papers will not arrive in time to allow him to play for PKNP against Terengganu on Tuesday evening.