Selangor need a prayer on the wings

  • Football
  • Sunday, 23 Feb 2020

PETALING JAYA: Selangor is hurting on the flanks, with the biggest worry being the long term injury to winger Norhakim Hassan. The new signing is out with an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury for the whole season.

He is not the only problem. Wan Zack Wan Haikal, who just recovered from an ACL injury, had some minor niggles during the pre-season.

Another winger Mohd Syazwan Zainon is recuperating from an ankle injury.

However, there are others like Khyril Muhymeen for the position. Selangor coach B. Sathianathan can also rely on striker Sean Selvaraj and wingback Syahmi Safari to be deployed as the speedsters on the flanks.

Syahmi is prepared to play the role if coach Sathianathan wants him to.

“When I first started my career, I played as a winger. When I made my debut for Selangor in 2017, I was a winger,” said the 22-year-old national player.

“However, it has been a while since I have played in that position. In the last two years, I have been used as a right wingback, and for the national team, I have been playing in that position too.

“During the Selangor Asia Challenge, I played as a winger and needed some time to adjust to that position. It has been awhile, but I am game for it.

“However, it is the coach who makes the final decision,” said the young player.

Last season, Syahmi played 28 games and scored three goals in all competitions. The diminutive player is known for his pacy runs, and ability to trick defenders with his movements and shots.

Defensively, he is improving, but fans know him for his attacking prowess. The player admitted that he was working on his defensive side of the game during the pre-season.

“We have played lots of friendly matches during the per-season, and the team is looking strong for the season opener against Pahang at the Darul Makmur Stadium in Kuantan next week.

“I have been with Selangor for a very long time, and obviously I have the ambition of winning something with the club.

“I would like to help the team win at least a trophy this season. Also, I hope a good run of momentum would take me into the national team, especially in the crucial period of the 2022 World Cup- 2023 Asia Cup qualifiers next month.

“Coach Sathia is a strict coach, but if you justify yourself in training sessions and also listen to what he wants, you will be guaranteed a spot in the team,” said Syahmi, who has won 18 caps with Malaysia and also been with the Selangor setup since 17.

Selangor wrapped their pre-season fixtures yesterday by playing Perak II at the Manjung Municipal Council Stadium.

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