Hafiz hopes assist can help him make it into first-team

First team search: Hafiz Ramdan (left) has yet to start a match for Perak in the Super League this season.

PETALING JAYA: In the first four matches of the season, Perak winger Hafiz Ramdan only came on as a substitute for his boyhood side.

It was not what he had expected when he joined the club this season for a second spell. Many thought he would be the first-choice left-winger for the team but coach Mehmet Durakovic preferred to use Brazilian midfielder Careca instead.

Hafiz got only 10-20 minutes of game time in each match.

However, in his last appearance against Sabah, he turned hero with a pinpoint set-piece delivery for Shahrel Fikri Md Fauzi to tuck away and get them a precious away point. That moment could be the turning point of his career.

Realising that, Hafiz has made sure to fill his time during the movement control order (MCO) with workouts, and some of them very strenuous.

“That assist in the 80th minute gave me confidence, and I wanted to continue the momentum but the pandemic spoilt things, ” said the 26-year-old, who played for defunct side PKNP before rejoining the Seladang.

“The last three months have been tough because I am the kind of player who loves to do workouts with the ball. However, if I want to stake a claim in the first 11, I need to be in my best shape.

“Now that training is set to resume from Monday, I want to be in my best possible shape. With seven matches to complete the season, I need to be at my peak for every training session to win the coach’s confidence.”

From 2015-2017, Hafiz was plagued by injuries and couldn’t hold on to his favoured left-wing spot in Perak.

Realising the need for minutes to develop his game, he joined the other Perak-based side PKNP in 2018 and impressed in the Super League by regularly dominating the assists charts.

He was known for his set-piece deliveries, and ability to find strikers with crosses and through passes.

He admitted that there was a worry that his performances would dip due to the pandemic, but he knew extra training at home would keep him positive.

“I guess you just need to train. Whether on or off the field, you need to practise all the time.

“I know I will not take long to adapt because of my training back home. Now, it’s getting those touches, passes and movements going.”

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