PETALING JAYA: Melaka, with last year’s Super League top scorer Ifedayo Olusegun leading the way, will be parading a fearsome foursome in their attack this year.
Olusegun, a Nigerian holding Bahraini passport, is a marquee signing for Melaka for his goalscoring reputation in the Malaysian League.
He is also returning to the club after having played for them in 2018.
In the Super League last year, he scored 26 goals for Selangor.
They have also secured the signature of Ghanaian winger Emmanuel Oti, who comes with the reputation of having played for J-League club Vegalta Sendai last year, and also several European clubs like Portuguese sides Vizela and Braga and Danish club Esbjerg.
To complete the deadly quartet, Melaka have extended the stay of Haitian international winger Sony Norde and Brazilian playmaker Adriano Narcizo.
Norde, who is in his third season for Melaka, scored eight goals and notched five assists for the club in all competitions last year. Adriano, meanwhile, scored six goals and provided eight assists.
These two were instrumental in helping Melaka go all the way to the semi-final of the Malaysia Cup last year, where they were beaten by eventual winners Kuala Lumpur.
With the four in the line-up, Melaka fans are in for a treat of goals and assists.
The team’s other new foreign signing is the Philippines international centreback Justin Baas, who will replace former defender Jang Suk-won.
As for local players, the club announced the signings of goalkeepers Bryan See and Ahmad Asyraaf Omar, centreback Ahmad Haziq Puad, wingback Fauzan Fauzi and midfielder Mohd Fadhil Idris.
Meanwhile, several players have had their contracts extended. They are goalkeeper Norazlan Razali, wingbacks Wan Amirul Afiq Wan Abd Rahman, Faris Shah Rosli and Hasbullah Abu Bakar, centrebacks Khairul Anwar Shaharuddin and Mohd Akmal Zahir, midfielder Fakhrullah Rosli and winger Mohd Faizal Talib and Wan Zaharulnizam Wan Zakaria.
New Bosnian coach Risto Vidakovic will lead these players.
The club’s chief executive officer, Datuk Justin Lim Hwa Tat, was happy with the team so far.
“I’m so delighted that Sony, Adriano and the local players decided to stay with Melaka. I think they believe in our project, and I hope we can achieve more with their performance,” he said in a statement.
“I would like to welcome our new import and local players; thus, I hope with their energy and experience, they can propel Melaka into a better position in the Malaysian Super League and cup competitions.”