Lifeline in the City


  • Football
  • Wednesday, 15 Jan 2020

Well travelled: Zamir in action against Johor Darul Ta’zim during his stint with PKNS.

PETALING JAYA: Former Harimau Muda goalkeeper Zamir Selamat hopes his seven-year nightmare in the M-League will serve as a lesson to other footballers.

The highly-rated Zamir could not stamp his mark in the M-League after leaving the Harimau Muda squad in 2012. His stints with Johor Darul Ta’zim, PKNS, Perak, and Melaka ended up being forgettable.

The shot-stopper ended up joining third-division side Batu Dua FC in the first half of the 2019 season before being snapped up by Premier League side Penang – a move which rejuvenated his career.

The 30-year-old featured in 13 matches for the Panthers and helped them earn promotion to the Super League by finishing third.

However, the team’s failure to settle players’ wages resulted in the islanders being docked six points and they missed out on promotion.

Despite the disappointing end, Zamir’s performances with Penang caught the eye of other teams and from being an unwanted man, the KL-born player now has the luxury of choosing who to play for and was signed by his home state in the Premier League.

“It was horrible at the start of the season last year where I didn’t have a team.

“I ended up playing for Batu Dua to stay in the game.

“I persevered and Penang gave me a lifeline in the second transfer window and I used the opportunity and now I’m back in Kuala Lumpur,” said Zamir.

“I hope what I went through will not only be a lesson for me but also for other players, especially the younger ones.

“There will be ups and downs but what’s important is how we respond to the adversity.”

Zamir now hopes to continue his resurgence in the 2020 season and believes he will be the right fit for the City Boys who are looking for a swift return to the Super League.

“I received multiple offers but I always look at what the club want to achieve.

“That’s why I decided to join KL ... I could see that the management has a clear objective to return to the top tier at the end of the season,” he added.


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