PETALING JAYA: If you’re looking for a person you can count on, then look no further because Shahrul Saad is your man.
The 26-year-old defender was appointed Perak’s vice-captain last year but had to wear the skipper’s armband when Nasir Basharuddin suffered a long-term injury.
He showed his leadership qualities when he steered the Seladang to a second-place finish in the Super League and lifted the Malaysia Cup.
Shahrul capped off a brilliant 2018 by assisting Malaysia to finish runners-up behind Vietnam in the AFF Suzuki Cup.
And for the 2022 World Cup qualifying matches against Timor Leste, “Badak” will also take on the role as vice-captain.
“It is a huge responsibility for me and I will not let the team and coach Tan Cheng Hoe down. Farizal Marlias can count on me to assist him.”
With only 27 caps for Malaysia, one would questioned if Shahrul is prepared for the task.
“I’m glad that the players have been very supportive. We are professionals and we have a task to fulfilled.
“We must have belief in each other and only then everything will turn out well. As they say, unity is strength,” added Shahrul.
“Winning both matches against Timor Leste would be the right tonic for us to do well in future competitions.
“And I’m optimistic that good things will happen to the national team.”