City’s Nidzam wants quick return to Super League


PETALING JAYA: Kuala Lumpur’s new coach Nidzam Adzha Yusoff is plotting an immediate return to the Super League for the 2021 season.

The City Boys will be playing in the Premier League for the 2020 season after being relegated for finishing at the bottom of the 12-team Super League last season.

KL have strengthened the team by signing seasoned hands Akram Mahinan, Shukor Adan, Nik Shahrul Azim Halim and S. Subramaniam.

They have also released four of their imports including hotshot striker Guilherme de Paula and defenders Luke Woodland and Noh Haeng-seok.

Brazilian midfielder Paulo Josue is the only foreigner retained for the new season. Among the local players retained for the new season are Zhafri Yahya, Hafiz Johar, Alif Samsudin and Shafiq Shaharudin.

Nidzam, who is currently checking out former Melaka striker Davy N’Guessan, said he doesn’t want to sign import players.

“The management wants us to get back to the Super League. I accept the challenge and we will work hard to achieve it,” said the former international.

“If possible, we don’t want to get an import player in the second transfer window. So, we are being very meticulous with our selection.

“The M-League only starts at the end of February, so we have plenty of time to sign imports.

“Almost 80% of the players are new faces, we need to move on from last season and rebuild the team.”

Nidzam said the team would need at least three weeks to train together as they had not played since the Malaysia Cup ended in November.

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