Chilean Ronnie is super hot in Super League


PETALING JAYA: Selangor’s Ronnie Fernandez (pic)has scored three goals after three Super League matches to be one of the top scorers.

And he is only warming-up.

The 33-year-old from Chile didn’t score in the club’s 1-0 win against Kedah, but he scored one in their 4-0 win against Negri Sembilan and nailed two in their 2-1 win against Perak on Sunday.

With his hold-up play and excellent work rate, he seems to be the decent replacement for their former top striker Ayron Del Valle.

If he keeps up with his good show, the Red Giants may have unearthed a deadly trio upfront in the form Fernandez, Venezuelan playmaker Yohandry Orozco, and Cape Verdean winger Alvin Fortes.

Fernandez said Orozco and Verdean had been helpful.

“It has been great to play at the front with Orozco and Verdean ... it’s not only me, but we help each other to get goals and wins,” he said.

“This is my first year in Malaysia and I have to say, the league standard is good with top-quality foreign talents. I love the challenge.

“Not forgetting my coach (Nidzam Jamil), who has helped me a lot in understanding the game here.”

Fernandez is now one of the top scorers of the league with Johor Darul Ta’zim’s Heberty Fernandes, Kuala Lumpur’s Paulo Josue, and Police’s Ifedayo Olusegun, all with three goals.

Selangor are now second in the league with nine points from four matches.

Next, they will play in the FA Cup and will take on Kuching City in the first-leg quarter-final at the State Stadium in Kuching on Saturday. The second-leg will be held at the Petaling Jaya Stadium on July 6.

“Our goal is to win and we will give all out in the FA Cup,” said Fernandez.

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