Team of the Week – MSL Round 10
Pahang are now sitting at the top of the Malaysian Super League table after beating Perak 2-0 at the Darulmakmur Stadium with Terengganu dropping down to second after drawing 1-1 with Kelantan. It was another matchweek of surprising results, but who were the standout performers? Find out now...
Khairul Azhan Khalid must be delighted to get his first clean sheet since the season opener against Lions XII in January. Against Perak, the 24-year-old goalie ensured stability in defence and proved himself to be one of the up and coming goalkeepers in the league.
Conceding two goals in any matches is never a good thing for any defenders, but William Mensah redeemed himself when he scored the decisive equaliser and got the momentum swing in Sime Darby’s favour as they beat ATM 3-2.
Calm and composed, Pahang’s Razman Roslan used his experience well against the Perak youngsters as he dealt with them with ease. He was also not shy from making strong challenges.
PKNS’ Aminuddin Noor was arguably the star player of the week. Constantly making overlapping runs, Aminuddin was a thorn for Azmi Muslim and scored two goals against Selangor.
Although he could not lead his side to victory against T-Team, Safuwan Baharudin performed well for Lions XII. Besides putting the shackles on Evaldo Goncalves and Patrich Wanggai, the Singapore international showed his attacking prowess by unleashing a thumping shot from outside the box to score for his team.
The void left by Shakir Shaari, who left Kelantan for JDT, has been brilliantly filled by Mohamed Shawky so far this season. Not only did he read the game well against Terengganu, he scored the opening goal as well.
Zairo Anuar Zalani showed why he is known as a set-piece specialist by scoring a free-kick against Kelantan, which helped Terengganu bag a point. On top of that, he kept the team ticking and moving constantly with his off-the-ball movements and passes.
Not only did nimble-footed Nurul Azwan Roya constantly torment Sarawak's defence with his dribbling skill, he showed an eye for the killer pass as he set up a goal for Luciano Figueroa that sealed a point for JDT.
Former Pahang coach Ron Smith once said that he wanted to build his side around R. Gopinathan, and you can understand why if you watched the game against Perak. Pacy, hardworking and quick-footed, the 24-year-old winger scored a goal and caused problems for Perak's Tuah Iskandar.
Dickson Nwakaeme proved to be a handful again with his physical strength, which Perak's Raffi Nagoorgani and Hisyamuddin Shaari simply could not cope with. The Nigerian locomotive scored the first goal and indirectly set-up the second for Pahang.
JDT’s Luciano Figueroa added another goal to his season tally with a fine strike against Sarawak. The former Birmingham City striker brilliantly rounded the goalkeeper after a through ball from Nurul Azwan. He could've added another one from a similar situation but unfortunately missed the goal by a couple of inches.