IPOH: Perak have signed their fourth and final foreign player for the new M-League season.
Uzbekistan midfielder Oybek Kilichev has put pen to paper and will join compatriot and attacking midfielder Vokhid Shodiev and Brazilians Elias Fernandes de Oliviera (striker) and Thiago Di Aquino (defender) as Perak’s foreign legion.
The 27-year-old Kilichev, who last played for Paykan FC in Iran, signed a contract in front of Perak Football Association (PAFA) president Datuk Seri Abdul Puhat Mat Nayan here on Friday.
“We are pleased that he (Kilichev) passed the fitness test. We’re also happy with his performance in the friendly against PKNS FC,” Abdul Puhat said after the signing ceremony.
Abdul Puhat said that De Oliviera is still waiting for his International Transfer Certificate (ITC) before he could train and play for the team.
“It’s going to take two to three days to get the ITC. He should be able to train and play next week,” he said.
Perak coach Syamsul Saad believes that Kilichev will be a good addition to the team.
“He has shown us that he can control the midfield. He is also hard-working. I think he can link up well with Shodiev,” Syamsul said.
“I think the team is now complete and I’m very happy with the players.
“They are suited to the style and strategy that I will deploy.”
Syamsul said that he had been set a top-four finish in the Super League this year.
“I’m confident we can achieve something this year,” he said.