Juan Manuel Arostegui (left) in a file photo. The Armed Forces striker promises to start scoring again, beginning with the match against Perak on Jan 28, 2014.
PETALING JAYA: Former MPPJ FC star striker Juan Manuel Arostegui is confident of regaining his scoring touch despite firing blanks in the soldiers’ opening three matches in the M-League.
The 33-year-old former Boca Juniors and Argentine Youth World Cup striker said many are counting on him to end the barren run and relive the glory days when he starred for MPPJ FC as their top goal poacher 10 years ago.
Then, Arostegui scored a whopping 50 goals en route to the Premier League side’s success to lift the Malaysia Cup, including a hat-trick against Sabah in their 3-0 win in the final.
“It was a different team and a wonderful moment, then. Expectations are high now but I can assure that the goals will come once I settle down with my new team,” said Arostegui, promising to get his name on the score sheet when Forces host Perak at the Selayang Stadium on Tuesday.
Armed Forces opened their Super League campaign with a 2-0 win over Sarawak but lost their following two matches against Sime Darby FC (2-1) and PKNS FC (1-0) in the FA Cup (first round) and Super League matches respectively.
Arostegui said Forces have a formidable side with many quality influential players and expects them to meet their target of winning at least one silverware this season.
“My role is a little behind the main striker. It does not matter the position I am given as I will my best to help the team win points besides scoring goals. I find the league more competitive now compared to 10 years ago,” said Arostegui.
Armed Forces coach B. Sathianathan has a seasoned set of players, including Golden Boot winner Marlon James and Arostegui’s former partner in the MPPJ side - Bruno Martelotto.
“We have had a shaky start but believe me, we will bounce back stronger. I know my team and the players with me. It is a matter of time before we find our rhythm and make our presence felt in the competition,” said Sathianathan.