The former PKNP captain has confirmed that he will be joining this season’s FA Cup finalists Perak for the upcoming Super League season.
He featured for the Seladang from 2011 to 2017.
The player fondly known as “Kancil” played for the state president’s team from 2011 to 2014, and made his debut for the first team in 2015.
“It feels good to be back in my state. I had many offers after the season ended, but I decided to stay on in the state because I just got married and I felt the need to contribute to Perak,” said the player from Batu Kurau, Taiping.
“I know most of the players in the Perak squad because we trained together since young. I believe I can strengthen the team.
“The first part of my stint in Perak wasn’t the best because of my injuries but now, I join the team with renewed hope.”
From 2015-2017, the 26-year-old was plagued by injuries and couldn’t hold on to his favoured left-wing spot in the team.
Realising the need for minutes to develop his game, he joined another Perak-based side PKNP in 2018, and impressed in the Super League by regularly dominating the assists charts.
Hafiz is known for his set-piece deliveries, and ability to find strikers with his crosses and through passes.
He was made captain this season after the departure of Shahrel Fikri Md Fauzi to Perak this year but he couldn’t help PKNP to stay in the Super League.
“It feels sad. I remember when I said a relegation would affect the livelihood of many young players in the team.
“Because of PKNP, I was selected for the national provisional squad for the Airmarine Cup earlier this year.
“I am glad some of the players in PKNP will have a second chance after the team were announced as a feeder team for Perak.”
Now that he has joined Perak, Hafiz is looking to earn the trust of coach Mehmet Durakovic, and hopes for a good outing and hopefully a national call-up.
“I have to work doubly hard now. It will not be easy, because I’m going to work under a new coach. I need to understand his style and philosophy.
“My aim is to earn a regular spot in the first 11, and hope it would lead to a place in the Harimau Malaya side in the future.”
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