2015 MSL Team of the Week: Gameweek 8

Local players take centre stage in our Team of the Week for Gameweek 8 of the Malaysian Super League! 

  • Goalkeeper

Selangor's Syamim Othman is this week's man between the sticks, being the only goalie who kept a clean sheet and saving all six of the LionsXII's on target attempts on the Red Giants' goal.

  • Defenders

S. Kunanlan gets our seal of approval for his willingness to push forward and link up with Amri Yahyah, coupled with his ability to read dangerous situations while defending, as evident in the tackle he made on Austin Amutu that proved vital in stopping JDT from conceding a second goal.

Felda United captain Shukor Adan put in a commanding performance, the sort that has typified his playing career, as he marshalled the defence and nullified the threats of Paulo Rangel and Norshahrul Idlan Talaha. 

Muslim Ahmad once again adopted a no-nonsense approach to his defending with his tight man-marking on Sime Darby's Reinaldo da Costa and Nemanja Vidakovic.

Despite his young age, Azrif Nasrulhaq, put on a mature display, running up the flanks tirelessly as the Red Giants pressed high up the field, but never neglecting his defensive duty.

  • Midfielders

Amri Yahyah's assist for the opener and strike for the game-clinching goal proved pivotal as JDT beat Kelantan 3-1.

Another Southern Tigers player who made his mark was Hariss Harun, who opened the scoring for the Southern Tigers, sparking a comeback with his equaliser after his team went a goal down.

Affizie Faisal Mamat’s constant runs into the penalty box paid dividends when he won a penalty for ATM, which was converted by Jerry Nelson Palacios to give the Gladiators a precious point against Sarawak.

Speaking of ATM's draw against Sarawak, Ashri Chuchu made a vital contribution for the Crocs' with a delightful free-kick that was converted by Ryan Griffiths.

  • Forwards

Afiq Azmi is slowly establishing himself as a formidable striker as he continued his rich vein of form this weekend, converting half of Selangor's six on target attempts at goal by notching a hat-trick.

Despite not getting a goal to his name, Felda United's Edward Junior Wilson proved to be the difference, as he came off the bench and was directly involved in two of the three goals scored by the Fighters.