FFT’s MSL 2016 Team of the Month: May

Three games were played before the mid-season break, which lasts till the middle of July. FourFourTwo’s writers in Malaysia list their best 11 from the action in May… 

Goalkeeper

Izham Tarmizi Roslan (JDT)

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Izham is now arguably Johor Darul Ta’zim’s (JDT) top-choice goalkeeper, leapfrogging Farizal Marlias as the new No 1.

The youngster featured in five of six matches for the club last month. The shot-stopper’s crowning moment was when he repeatedly thwarted PKNS’ talented strikers in the 2-1 win over the Malaysian Premier League club in the FA Cup final on May 14.

Defenders

Fazly Mazlan (JDT)

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He is arguably the best left-back in the country at the moment and this is a remarkable feat as he was never part of any extensive development programme.

Instead he came through the ranks at Johor, and at only 22, Fazly has already outshone experienced Asraruddin Putra Omar at club level and impressed for Malaysia against Timor Leste.

Marcos Antonio (JDT)

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The Southern Tigers did not concede a single league goal in May and this commanding Brazilian is the very reason for that.

Granted JDT only faced the weakened Penang and Pahang in May, but Antonio’s is as vital in offence as he is in attack, as he helps the club maintain a fluid style of play.

Reinaldo Lobo (Penang)

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The Panthers conceded five goals in three matches last month but Lobo deserves much more credit. Penang played against two of the highest scoring teams in the league – leaders JDT and Felda United – and only an injury-time Safee Sali strike denied Penang an impressive 0-0 draw in Larkin. Reinaldo also scored two goals.

S. Kunanlan (JDT)

His quality is undoubted and Kunanlan is showing in every game why he is the league’s best right-back.

He had little defending to do in May but Kunanlan was part of many offensive moves from the right, as he constantly overlapped in hopes of breaking down opponents.