Best of the best: FFT's pick for the Malaysian Football Awards - Part 2
Gonzalo Cabrera may not have been as flashy as his predecessor Jorge Pereyra Diaz was at Johor Darul Ta’zim, but he has turned out a more complete player than his compatriot.
The Argentine contributed to his team playing on the left side of a front three, dropping deep to get involved in build-up play as much as he could. Cabrera had a hand in over 25 goals – including assists. Cabrera’s 17 goals in all competitions kept JDT on track even during a rocky first half of the season, and they went on to win the MSL and the Malaysia Cup.
Mohamad Ghaddar won the Golden Boot with 23 goals
His JDT teammate Mohamad Ghaddar got our second pick but it was not his performances in the blue and red of the Southern Tigers weighed in his favour.
Ghaddar won the golden boot with 23 goals, but 18 came in the first half of the season while he was playing for Kelantan. His goals single-handedly kept Kelantan out of the relegation zone and his total tally was the highest in the MSL history.
He wasn’t as effective at JDT because he didn’t suit their style of play but his time with Kelantan was remarkable. He was expected to struggle at the age of 33 when he arrived in Kota Bahru in what appeared to be desperate buy to fill up their squad.
Kedah’s Ken Ilso was another import that caught attention. The former S. League forward scored 25 goals in 34 games as the Red Eagles won the FA Cup and Malaysia Cup.
Others shortlisted: Akanni Sunday Wasiu (UiTM), Gabriel Guerra (JDT), Guilherme De Paula (KL), Liridon Krasniqi (Kedah), Mathues Alves (Pahang), Mohamadou Summareh (Pahang) and Thiago Augusto (Kedah)