Akmal Rizal wants PDRM move

Former Sarawak striker Akmal Rizal Ahmad Rakhli is hoping to play for newly-promoted PDRM next season.

Akmal Rizal, whose former clubs include Kedah, Selangor, Kelantan and Perak, is currently out of contract after Sarawak opted not to renew his contract for the upcoming season.

Now having his season break in his hometown in Kedah, he told FourFourTwo Malaysia that he would like to join Malaysian Premier League champions PDRM, who will be playing in the Super League next season.

“I am currently waiting for offers for next season, but if I can choose, I would like to join PDRM,” he said.

“They are a good side and being coached by my idol, Azman Adnan.

“It will be a dream come true if I can work with him.”

The former national striker made 16 appearances in all competitions for the Crocs this season, with the majority of them coming off the bench.

He only scored one goal in 2014, which came against Felda United in the Malaysian FA Cup, but he feels that he is still capable of playing at the highest level.

“I have no regrets over my move to Sarawak because when I joined them, Robert Alberts [Sarawak’s head coach] already told me that I would play backup to the import strikers.

"As a player I respect Robert’s decision [not to play me] because what he did could have been for the benefit of the team.

“I did not get too much game time to prove that I am still capable of scoring goals, but I believe that I can still contribute to my future team if given the chance.”

Akmal Rizal, who will be turning 33 in December, also did not rule out retiring before the new season kicks off.

“I have always planned to retire in 2017, but if I do not get an offer when the new season starts, then I have to consider retiring from the game.”

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