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3 POTENTIAL YOUNGSTERS AT JDT II

Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) recently went at great lengths to promote the success of the JDT-Valencia Academy at the National Schools Championship. The academy won the Under-15 and Under-18 categories. Those are promising signs for the Southern Tigers, but it may take a good few years before those players graduate into the senior team. Instead, FourFourTwo looks at three players from JDT II that may be next for promotion.

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KHAIRULLAH ABDUL HALIM

Another Johor product that has climbed through the ranks in recent years and is knocking on the senior team door.

Khairullah is a speedy winger that dazzles the crowd with his runs and cut-back shots on goal. He has been a regular scorer through the ranks but still below 21, Khairullah may have to bide by time before he is considered ready for the Johor South Tigers.

Apart from playing for JDT II this year, Khairullah has also been involved with JDT III in the President’s Cup. He is still among the regulars at JDT II despite the team receiving reinforcement’s mid-way through the season.

CHE RASHID CHE HALIM

The highly-rated defender is naturally a right-back but he is versatile at the back, and that could be his biggest asset or plus point when the club decides which players from JDT II will be promoted to the Malaysia Super League squad.

Che Rashid, once a product of Johor’s President Cup side, is actually no stranger to the scene. Now 23 years old, Che Rashid actually made an international appearance for Malaysia against Oman back in 2015.

That appearance seems forgotten just like Dollah Salleh’s disastrous tenure as Malaysia coach at the time, but with age on his side, Che Rashid could be knocking on the Harimau Malaya door again if his current trajectory continues.

HAFIFY HAIKAL ISMAIL

Able to play as a centre-back or defensive midfielder, Hafify is being groomed for the senior team at JDT II.

The 20-year-old is no stranger after starring for the Malaysia Under-16 several years ago where the team went closest to qualifying Malaysia for a football World Cup of any sorts. The team lost the deciding match to Australia but those members – including Hafify – were touted as the future of Malaysia.

Hafify moved to Johor from Frenz United a couple of years ago to continue his development as a player. He has been getting a decent number of games for JDT II in the Malaysia Premier League, something that will bode well for his future.

Photos: JDT