PETALING JAYA: The Selangor II football team are filled with youngsters and it is no wonder that the 32-year-old Bajram Nebihi is a standout.
Furthermore, standing tall at 1.92m, the Kosovan is quite a striking figure and, of course, being the eldest, he’s like the big brother to the others in the team.
The attacking midfielder is one of the two foreign players – the other is German striker Armin Maier, 23 – in the squad.
Selangor II are the feeder side for the Selangor state team in the Super League.
This season, the team finished seventh in the Premier League with 13 points and players who impressed in the second division have earned a spot in the senior team to play in the Malaysia Cup starting on Nov 6.
Nebihi, together with winger Quentin Cheng, striker Danial Asri, goalkeeper Aqil Fadhly and centreback Sharul Nazeem Zulpakar have been drafted into the Red Giants’ first team.
“It’s an honour to be promoted to the first team. I’m happy about that and have set my mind on helping the team do well in the Cup. The players and officials are very nice just like the people in Selangor II, ” said Nebihi.
“We are very familiar with the other players and the coach (Michael Feichtenbeiner) knows my quality.
“I’ve worked with a lot of coaches in my career and I think Michael is an expert in his job. He teaches us, including me, a lot in terms of tactics.”
“This team have the depth to win the Cup as we have the perfect environment.
“We also trust the coach and his philosophy.”
In the Premier League, Nebihi scored five goals but the midfielder wished he had done more in his first season.
“My first season here was okay. I would have liked to play in all the matches because I wanted to score more goals but then came the Covid-19 pandemic to spoil things.
“The youngsters in the team have improved a lot since I joined them.
“They are all eager to learn and work hard in training.
“The players in the feeder team will stand Selangor in good stead for the future.”
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