Khairil wants to rise like a Phoenix

Perak's Ahmad Khairil Anuar challenging JDT's Safiq Rahim during their Malaysia Cup semi final match in Ipoh. SAIFUL BAHRI

PETALING JAYA: Ahmad Khairil Anuar (pic) is back at the Perak Stadium for the new season but this time he will be wearing a different jersey.

The former Seladang midfielder will be turning out for PJ City in today’s Super League match.

“Facing my former teammates will be tough. They are all my friends. So, it’s kind of surreal to face them on the opposing side, ” said Khairil.

“They know how I play and their new coach (Chong Yee Fatt) knows me very well too. He was the assistant coach when I made my pro debut for Perak in 2015.

“But now I play for PJ City and as a professional, I will give my best to make sure my team win.”

Khairil also revealed that he wanted to prove he is capable of being a first-team player instead of a super-sub or benchwarmer.

He revealed that his new surroundings have given him renewed motivation and hopes his stint with the Phoenix would be fruitful.

“For me, it is a platform to make my way back into the game. My best year was in 2017, where I even earned a cap with Harimau Malaya. I want to be part of that again and I believe it can happen in PJ City.

“I hope to do enough that will impress coach P. Maniam and be fielded for every match.”

For today’s encounter, the battle to control the midfield will be key.

PJ City’s Khairil, K. Gurusamy and Mahali Jasuli must stamp their mark quickly if they want to frustrate the homesters.

And if they can escape the crunching challenges of D. Kenny Pallraj and the mind games of Leandro Dos Santos, Ahmad Khairil and Co could well return home with full points.

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