PETALING JAYA: Syahmi Safari is known for his darting runs on the flanks, but do not be surprised if he makes his presence felt with crunching challenges and body charges next season.
The 22-year-old Selangor wingback has been putting extra hours in the gym and is showing his progress via social media.
Although nimble and fast, the national player felt that his physical game was lacking and wanted to work on it during the off-season.
And he has enlisted the club’s fitness coach Mohd Khairul Anwar Md Isa to help buff him up.
“I told myself before the season ended that I need to work on my physique. If you want to be the best, you have to constantly improve, ” he said.
“You have to work on rectifying your weaknesses, and in this case, I felt I needed work on my strength.
“That’s why you see me doing weights more now.
“I’m taking my own initiative to do this because I want to add more advantage into my game and help Selangor do well.
“When pre-season starts, I will be in my best shape. That’s for sure.”
Syahmi has been the Red Giants’ key player for four seasons now and his versatility has helped them in key situations.
He not only plays as a wingback but can also function as a winger and fullback.
Next season, he will play in a “new-look” backline with the arrival of German defender Tim Heubach and former Pahang leftback R. Dinesh and will be learning a new football DNA under the tutelage of German coach Karsten Neitzel.
“Looking at Heubach’s profile, he has had extensive experience in Europe and will give us a positive impact.
“I know Dinesh since Harimau Muda. He is very talented and in recent years has shown how good of a player he is.”
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