Lebanese Ghaddar re-signs for third spell with Kelantan

PETALING JAYA: Lebanese striker Mohammad Ghaddar (pic) just can’t refuse the chance to play for Kelantan again.

After weeks of speculation, Ghad­dar was unveiled as one of the three Red Warriors’ new signings for the new Super League season yesterday.

The other two imports are Cameroonian defender Cedric Djeugoue and Nigerian striker Okiki Afolabi.

Kelantan, who are facing financial constraints, will be using only three imports although teams are allowed to sign four foreigners.

It will be 33-year-old Ghaddar’s third stint with Kelantan. In his first stint in 2012, he helped the east coast side win a historic treble – Super League, FA Cup and Malaysia Cup – by scoring 21 goals in 32 matches.

But things did not go well with Ghaddar in his second spell in 2014. His contract was terminated midway through the season due to poor form and a recurring groin injury.

All in, he managed only four goals in 14 matches as Kelantan ended the season empty handed.

Ghaddar said it was Kelantan Football Association (KAFA) adviser Tan Sri Annuar Musa who persuaded him to rejoin the team from Al-Faisaly of Jordan.

“I’m happy to be given the chance to return to the team.

“I just said yes when Annuar asked me if I would like to come back to Kelantan,” said the Lebanese national player.

“I missed the Kelantan fans’ passionate support and the electrifying atmosphere at the stadium (Sultan Mohd IV Stadium in Kota Baru),” added Ghaddar, who also played for Felda United in the Super League in 2013.

The Red Warriors were fourth in the 12-team Super League last season. They crashed out in the quarter-finals of the Malaysia Cup and were a third-round casualty in the FA Cup.

Kelantan’s first match in the new Super League season is against Malacca at the Sultan Mohd IV Stadium on Jan 21.