FourFourTwo writers pick the best performers from the eleventh round of Malaysian Super League!
Pahang continue to top the charts of the Super League after beating T-Team 2-0 at the Darulmakmur Stadium, while Terengganu are staying second after defeating Sarawak 3-1 in Kuching courtesy of a brilliant performance from Zairo Anuar Zalani, who was in our Team of the Week last week. Did he make it again? Check out the eleven players who made it into this round’s.
ATM's Syed Adney Syed Hussein will be disappointed to concede against Kelantan last Saturday, but he can take heart of his performance against the FA Cup winners. Despite throwing everything but the kitchen sink forward, Kelantan only managed to squeeze in one goal past the ATM goalie, who made several key saves and was very vocal with his defenders.
For the third time in a row, Lions XII’s Safuwan Baharudin impressed yet again. With three goals in his last three games, Safuwan has proven to be a force in both defence and attack. He flawlessly dealt with the pressure from Sime Darby and scored the first goal of the game, which allowed the Singaporean side to assert themselves in the second half.
Selangor defender Steve Pantelidis was a calming presence in defence against Perak. Playing alongside Shahrom Abdul Kalam, the experienced Australian made key interceptions and read the game well. His darting run to provide a cross for Thamil Arasu in the fourth minute was also a joy to watch.
Against JDT, Hamka Hamzah was rock solid. The Indonesian import’s strength and ability to read the game helped contain the star-studded side in the first half and ensure a 1-1 draw at the Shah Alam Stadium.
Zairo Anuar Zalani made it into our Team of the Week again with another splendid free-kick. After giving Terengganu the lead against Sarawak with a thumping effort in the 20th minute, he bossed the midfield with his passes and supported his wingers and strikers well.
Despite being on the losing side, Norhakim Isa impressed against Selangor on Saturday. Although he did not make any significant impact as a left winger in the first half, the young Perak midfielder flourished after the interval when he played in his favoured central role, dominating the park alongside Kyaw Zayar Win and Nasir Basharudin.
Syed Adney’s good performance was undone by Kelantan skipper Badhri Radzi, whose game winning cross for Mohamed Shawky was immaculate. The 32-year-old rallied his team-mates to a 1-0 victory against ATM by creating chance after chance for his comrades.
As we mentioned previously, Safiq Rahim is slowly returning to his peak form and he demonstrated exactly that against PKNS. After coming on in the second half, the whole complexion of the game was singlehandedly changed by him as he made sure JDT got the lion’s share of possession. He also initiated the move for JDT's equalising goal.
Selangor’s S.Kunanlan showed against Perak that, unlike most attack-minded players, he would not shirk his defensive duty. With his first class work-rate and tenacity, he helped out his defence with interceptions and clearances aside from creating chances for his team-mates.
Khairul Amri scored a brilliant solo goal to seal the match for Lions XII at the Selayang Stadium to take his league goal tally to five goals so far. The experienced forward continuously troubled the Sime Darby backline with his constant runs and dribbles.
Terangganu's Moustapha Dabo had a memorable debut as he scored the second goal in the 65th minute for his new team. Using his strength and height well, the burly Senegalese was a constant menace to the Sarawak defence.