PETALING JAYA: Playmaker Azidan Saruddin is back with Kuala Lumpur.
This is good news for the Premier League side, who are getting stronger by the day.
The former Pahang stalwart began his playing career with the City team in 2006 and turned out for them for four years. He left Kuala Lumpur to play for Selangor for two seasons (2011-12) before joining Pahang (2013-15).
“We need all the quality players available... Azidan’s return should strengthen our engine room,” said new KL coach Ismail Zakaria.
The former Sime Darby FC coach described Azidan as a ball winner, aggressive and hard-tackler.
“He (Azidan) should give us the competitive edge in midfield and inject more bite to our attack. We’re looking forward to his quick return to the team.”
Azidan, who is recovering from an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury, is expected to see action in March.
Ismail is confident that his new-look squad can finally make a strong claim for the Premier League crown and end their 17-year title drought.
Kuala Lumpur used to rule Malaysian football, winning three consecutive Malaysia Cup titles from 1987 to 1989.
They also won two league titles (1986 and 1988) and three FA Cup crowns (1993, 1994, 1999).
Last year, they were relegated to the third-tier FAM Cup competition after finishing 11th in the 12-team Premier League.
But the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) reinstated KL in the second-tier league following the exclusion of Singapore’s Lions XII from the Super League.
KL have signed up a host of experienced players, like Azlan Zainal, Helmi Remeli (from Terengganu); A. Thamil Arasu (Selangor); Badrulzaman Halim, Mohd Fadil Hashim, Isma Alif (Police); Mohd Shoufiq Khusaini, Fahrul Razi Kamaruddin, Abdul Halim Zainal (Sime Darby FC); and Mohd Rasyid Aya (Felda United).
Their foreign signings are defender Leo Carioca (Brazil), midfielder Mario Karlovic (Australia), Modibo Konte (Mali) and striker Casagrande (Brazil).
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