First, the player who stands at just 1.58m, earned himself a regular place with the Elephants. And on Monday, he and his wife Nur Syazwani Mizuana Shahril welcomed their first child.
The 22-year-old said he was elated to have a baby boy, and it feels incredible to be called a father.
“No words can describe how I am feeling right now. Holding my son for the first time was a different feeling. Everybody has wished us well, and I am happy that 2020 has been good so far, even with the pandemic,” he said.
“It is good to be with my family as well, as I am helping my brother to sell roti john and burgers during the month of Ramadhan. The movement control order (MCO) has strengthened my bond with my family.
“Footballing wise, it is good to have played four matches in the first team. Coach Dollah (Salleh) sees my potential, and I just want to repay his faith.”
In the Super League, Faisal has so far only assisted once but has dazzled fans with his dribbling and mazy runs on the flanks. He has also shown versatility, as he can play anywhere up front.
At his age, the Penangite has time on his side and Faisal, who is known for his chirpy character, said he was always learning.
“There are some weaknesses I found during those four games. I have to work on my decision-making and sharpen my finishing.
“The team is on the right track, and I hope the momentum continues when the league resumes, which could be in September. I am staying fit as I know it is important to stay active.
“The first two games were tough, especially the first game against Selangor. We should have taken the three points.”
The M-League will make its return in September with a revised single-round format, and Faisal knows all teams in the league would go all out. He has reminded his teammates that they, too, will have to give more than 100%.
“In those seven matches, we have to give it our all and more. Obviously, the dream is to win the Super League and we have to go all out in the seven matches.
“Also, this could be my last year with Pahang, because my contract expires this year. I don’t know if I will remain in Kuantan, but as a player, I want to give back to the fans.
“This year, we have a chance for silverware in the Super League and Malaysia Cup. It would be a dream to gift the fans either one of these trophies.
“Also, a good performance will ensure I get teams interested, including Pahang.”
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