Former La Liga player Madinda proving his worth

New challenges: Levy Madinda made the decision to move to Asia to rejuvenate his career.

PETALING JAYA: Sabah playmaker Levy Madinda has seen it all.

The Gabonese has played against world famous La Liga stars such as Lionel Messi, Andres Guardado, Sergio Ramos and Antoine Griezmann when he played for Celta Vigo from 2012 to 2017.

On the international stage, he has earned 50 caps and has turned out in the African Nations Cup (2012,2015) where he played alongside Arsenal’s Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang and Fulham’s Mario Lemina.

With that exposure and experience, it is no surprise that Sabah did not hesitate to sign up the 28-year-old this season.

Madinda made his Super League debut against Petaling Jaya City on March 13 after serving his quarantine period but it did not end well for him as the Rhinos lost 0-1.

Sabah had earlier drawn 1-1 with Melaka and lost 0-2 to Kedah.

After another loss against Pahang (1-2), Madinda showed his worth when they tamed high-riding Terengganu 2-1.

He scored a goal and provided an assist to Sam Johnson and now believes Sabah have found their rhythm.

“The beginning was not easy for me. I lacked pace and preparation with my new team but now it is something else. We are united and we’ll do anything to help each other, ” said Madinda.

“The chemistry in midfield is now there which makes it easier for us on the pitch. The other midfielders are good and I feel we can certainly do better in our future matches.

“I came here with goals to achieve. Among them is to give my best and share my experience with my teammates. I also aim to have a better season than my previous one when I played for Giresunspor in Turkey.”

When asked why he moved to Asia, Madinda said he wants to rejuvenate his career.

“I was looking for a new challenge and I got this interesting offer from Sabah. I did not hesitate and I’m happy with my decision.

“I’m starting to discover the club, the city, the people, so it’s nice.”

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