PDRM attacker Nurul Azwan Roya revealed his frustration at being frozen out at Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) last season following the appointment of Bojan Hodak.
Despite excelling for the Southern Tigers in 2013 that saw him getting nominated for the Best Midfielder award, Nurul Azwan failed to feature regularly for them the following year.
Speaking exclusively in the February 2015 issue of FourFourTwo Malaysia/Singapore, the former JDT winger claimed that he did everything Hodak asked him to do in training, but still could not get into the team.
“Ever since he joined the club, I was hardly involved with the team and did not get to play,” he said.
However, Nurul Azwan admitted that he had never confronted or blamed the Croatian about his lack of game time.
“As a professional footballer, you have to follow your head coach’s instructions and do not question his decisions.
“There’s nothing you can do about it if he does not want to play you.
“It was frustrating, but I could understand his decision because JDT had quality players who were performing consistently, so it was difficult for other players like me to get into the team.”
Now playing for newly-promoted PDRM to secure more playing time, he believes that the 2014 Malaysian Premier League champions are the right team for him because of head coach Azman Adnan and captain Muslim Ahmad.
“Coach Azman is considered as one of the greatest players in Malaysian football, so it is a great opportunity to learn from him.
“Besides that, I joined them because of my good friend, Muslim, who has done well since joining the team from JDT.
“I hope that I could reignite my career like he has done.”
Read the full interview with Nurul Azwan Roya in the February 2015 issue of FourFourTwo Malaysia/Singapore.