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Published: Friday December 6, 2013 MYT 12:07:00 AM
Updated: Friday December 6, 2013 MYT 12:35:10 AM

New-boy Figueroa has high hopes for Johor Darul Ta'zim I

Going places. Super League side Johor Darul Ta'zim I are showing their title ambitions by acquiring ex-Argentina forward Luciano Figueroa (right) to join compatriot Pablo Aimar and Spanish head coach Cesar Ferrando Jimenez (left). - Utusan

Going places. Super League side Johor Darul Ta'zim I are showing their title ambitions by acquiring ex-Argentina forward Luciano Figueroa (right) to join compatriot Pablo Aimar and Spanish head coach Cesar Ferrando Jimenez (left). - Utusan

JOHOR BARU: Much-travelled former Argentinian international Luciano Figueroa has set himself the target of helping Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT I) win the Super League title.

Figueroa, 32, who has years of experience playing in Europe with clubs like England’s Birmingham City, Spain’s Villarreal and Greek powerhouse Panathinaikos, is confident of making JDT not only the biggest club in Malaysia but also in the region.

“I want to win the Malaysian League and help my new team qualify for the AFC Cup in two years’ time,” he told a press conference here yesterday.

He also said that the signing of compatriot Pablo Aimar made it easier for him to join JDT I.

Figueroa, who started his career with Rosario Central before playing with two of the biggest Argentine clubs – Boca Juniors and River Plate – is confident he would be able to gel with his new team-mates, especially Aimar.

“I played with him (Aimar) in our national team during the Confede-rations Cup back in 2005 and I’m really happy to be playing on the same field with him again,” he said before signing a two-year contract with the Southern Tigers.

He added that the football development project offered by the Johor FA made it even harder for him to refuse the offer.

Also present at the press conference were Johor FA president Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim and JDT I head coach and manager Cesar Jimenez.

Jimenez said he was happy that Figueroa had joined the team and believes that the player will be able to adapt quickly to the local weather.

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