PETALING JAYA: The old stars are gone but there are a few new ones waiting in line to make a name with UiTM when the Super League begins next month.
And former Harimau Muda winger Khairul Izuan Rosli is one of them.
The 29-year-old Khairul, who played for Kelantan United last season, admits that he has joined UiTM with a purpose and that is to bring back his old form, where he was unstoppable between 2011 and 2012.
In 2012, he was part of the Kelantan team that won a treble (Super League, Malaysia Cup and FA Cup).
“I do not want to be a passenger in UiTM. I am here to stamp a mark, ” said Khairul.
“UiTM did very well last season, and they want to continue that momentum this year. I want to make sure that continues.”
He left Kelantan in 2017 but played for three different teams in the last three years.
He was with Negri Sembilan in 2018, Terengganu (2019) and Kelantan United (2020).
“I’ve to admit that I wasn’t at my best when I left in 2017 as I was struggling to get my true form, ” he said.
“When I was with the Kelantan United last season, I was always in the first eleven, but due to the pandemic, I could not really show my real ability. I hope this year would be better.
“I’m glad that UiTM have shown faith in me, I will work hard to repay that.”
Khairul is also confident that together with Ghanaian striker Nana Poku and wingers Abou Bakr Al-Mel of Lebanon and Rafie Yaacob, UiTM will be able to continue their brilliance in the attack.
Last season, Arif Anwar, Gustavo Almeida, Mark Hartmann and Rabih Ataya gave their rivals a tough time en route to helping their team finish sixth but they have left to different teams.
“We’re all so excited for the M-League to start and hopefully, there will not be a delay, ” said Khairul.
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