BY ZULHILMI ZAINAL Follow on Twitter
This time around, injury-prone Felda United midfielder Danial Amier Norhisham's return to action is happening under less than ideal conditions.
His metatarsal injury back in March, when he was playing for Malaysia U-22 in their AFC U-23 Championship qualifying campaign, led to a lengthy absence, one that was only ended last Sunday, in Felda United's FA Cup exit at the hands of Kedah.
With eight minutes remaining on the clock, the 22 year old player was introduced, and he repaid head coach Nidzam Jamil's faith by assisting Hadin Azman's injury time goal to help the Fighters end the semi-final tie at 3-3, although Kedah still advanced to the final on the away-goal rule.
They now shift their attention back to the Super League, where they are currently in last place with five matches to go, two points from safety. Danial now has to push for complete recovery and full fitness, while helping his club gain top-tier safety.
"Everyone knows how things are different with Felda this season, as compared to previously. This is the best that we can muster and I'm satisfied with it, especially when I haven't been able to help the team as much as I'd like to this season, due to the injury.
"I want us to do more in the remaining matches, so that we may stay in the Super League next season. We deserve to remain here, based on the quality of the younger players in the squad," remarked Danial when met by Goal before training on Thursday.
This Sunday the Fighters will host Selangor, the much-fancied team that they have surprised both times in their previous two encounters this season.
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Rahsia jurulatih Selangor B. Satiananthan dalam poket bekas anak buahnya yang kini memimpin @feldaunitedfc, Nidzam Jamil? Relegation-battlers FELDA UNITED FC have won once and drawn once this season against the more-fancied Selangor, whom they will face again on Sunday. Is the Fighters' head coach Nidzam Jamil already aware of Red Giants boss and former mentor B. Satiananthan's tactics?