PETALING JAYA: Selangor’s new signing Safuwan Baharuddin is not one who speaks of ambitions and targets. The Singaporean just goes out and gets the job done.
Known for his steely nature and high work rate in midfield, the Singaporean international said he would give 100% in every match and keep his goals to himself.
“Every season, I go in without expectations. When you have high expectations of yourself and the team, you tend to get disappointed, ” said the former Melbourne City player.
“I will take it one game at a time. Whatever it is, you must give 100%. Even if the team do not do well, you have to carry yourself up.”
Signed from Pahang, the 28-year-old had been highly sought after by many clubs in Malaysia, but he decided to don the red and yellow for the new season.
“I had another year left with Pahang, but I was released due to some differences. For Selangor, it was not an easy decision because they, too, had a few players in my position.
“It took them a while to really decide. Coach Sathia (B. Sathianathan) phoned me up in December and told me what he expects. It took me almost three weeks before I decided to join the team this year.”
The player, who has good pace, excellent reading of the game and ball-playing capabilities, represented Singapore 96 times since making his debut in 2010.
Last year, he played 31 matches in all competitions for Pahang.
Now that he is with Selangor, Safuwan said he would use his years of experience in the Malaysia League to drive the team forward.
The lanky player made his Malaysia League debut in 2012 when he played for Lions XI, and then went on to play for Police and Pahang.
“I have played in the league for almost nine years now. I knew some of the boys in Selangor before joining them. Adapting is not an issue. I basically go well with anybody.
“The league has definitely shaped me as a player. I will never forget the time when Lions XII played in away matches. The fans were crazy back then. Those experiences made me stronger.”
Safuwan, whose second son was born recently, said juggling football and family was a little tough, but some sacrifices had to be made.
Still, he said he was not playing for himself these days but for his loved ones back home.
“My wife (Alia Qistina) and I had our first child back in 2016. I was a father at the age of 24. I got married in Nov 2013. Many ask me why my family is not with me but I think it is better for the kids to be comfortable back home (Singapore). It is not too far for me to visit them. During off days, I travel to Singapore. My wife and sons can come visit, too.
“They are my inspiration and motivation to go to greater heights, ” he said.
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