Hariss leading by example

Hariss Harun, Johor Darul Ta'zim
Johor Southern Tigers
Captain on the day, Hariss Harun turned in an inspirational performance to drag Johor Darul Ta'zim past the finish line and land a historic 5th title.

It was close to a full stadium turnout at Perak Stadium as The Bos Gaurus went into the match looking to put a dampener on JDT's title charge and delay their claim to the crown for at least a few more days but it wasn't to be.

Mehmet Durakovic's boys were up for the game but having worked themselves up to a good position by taking the lead through Norhakim Hassan, it was the visitors who showed just why they are champions of Malaysian football for the fifth successive season.

Leading the charge and leading by example is none other than midfielder Hariss Harun. The Singaporean was in his element and pulled his team by the collar in the final 20 minutes of the match to produce an outstanding come from behind 1-2 win on the enemy's turf.

"It's a difficult place to come. We were lacking a little bit of idea in the first half. Sometimes we have to play a little less beautiful football. We did well to come back from a goal down and in the end we got the two goals to win the game and that's the most important game."

"This is our fifth title. Some of the boys have been here for four or five years. It rubs off on the younger boys who have come in. It is fantastic and unbelievable feeling for the club to win five titles in a row now. When the chips are down, we need players to pick the team up. When we went one goal down, we still believe that we can turned it around," said Hariss to HyppTV after the match.

Hariss nodded in the equaliser just three minutes after the home side had taken the lead. Having found it hard for the best part of the opening hour of the match, Hariss finally rose to the occasion in a midfield battle against the very combative duo of Nasir Basharudin and Leandro dos Santos.

The 27-year-old had slow start to the season, needing time to be reintroduced back into the JDT game but as the saying goes - form is temporary, class is permanent. Taking the armband off Safiq Rahim midway through the season, Hariss went from strength to strength and has overtaken even Ignacio 'Natxo' Insa as the pillar of the team.

With this being Hariss' fifth Super League title, having missed last year's one (one he picked up while with Lions XII), the supreme all-rounder is undoubtedly one of the most successful player in the Super League era.