Penang’s new striker promises to deliver goals

PENANG: Former Red Star Belgrade youth team striker Petar Bazic arrived in Penang yesterday determined to win a contract with Super League outfit Penang E&O. 

But he started out by losing his luggage. 

NEW KID IN TOWN: Bazic, wearing borrowedclothings, going through the paces during training in Penang yesterday.

Still, Bazic, who will be eligible to play once his International Transfer Certificate (ITC) arrives, was unfazed. He borrowed clothes from his Penang teammates to train. 

The FA of Penang (FAP) took a bold gamble by registering Bazic before the deadline on Dec 31 last year without even taking a look at him. 

And the striker will now have to prove his worth to coach Josef Herel. 

“I only have the clothes on my body, my passport and some money with me as all my other belongings have been misplaced in transit,” said Bazic. 

“But this will not be a setback for me. Although I am coming from a cold place in Europe, getting acclimatised will not be a problem and I give myself a week to prove my worth,” said a confident Bazic when met at the team’s training session at the Universiti Sains Malaysia field. 

Prior to coming to Penang, the player featured in the Romanian Division 1 for FC Unirea in 2005. He had also featured in his native Serbia for the military outfit FC Rad and Lebanon’s Homenetmen FC. 

He was recommended to the Penang team by former Selangor MPPJ player Sasa Brenezac. 

Added Bazic: “Sasa is a close friend of mine, and he told me that Malaysian football is quite challenging and that Penang are looking for a forward. I would not have made the long journey from Eastern Europe unless I knew I had a chance of shining here.”  

Bazic was to have arrived here earlier this month to bolster the misfiring Penang attack but was delayed by visa problems. 

The foreign striker in the team, Croatian Velibor Vujic, has been unimpressive thus far and has been used sparingly. Instead, local player Rosli Azizan has been fielded as the sole striker. 

Besides Vujic, the other two foreign players on Penang’s payroll are Brazilian defender Mario da Silva and Slovakian midfielder Safranko Jan. 

Bazic gets his first chance to impress the team officials when Penang take on Premier League Group A table toppers Kedah in a friendly in Alor Star tonight.