FFT’s MSL 2017 Team of the Month: February

The 2017 Malaysia Super League (MSL) gathered more pace in February with four match days that kept fans at the edge of their seats. FourFourTwo’s writers in Malaysia picked the best 11 of the month. 

Goalkeeper

Ifwat Akmal Chek Kassim (Kedah)

The 21-year-old was the most impressive goalkeeper in February. He played all four matches for Kedah and conceded three goals, but some of his saves have ensured Kedah remain unbeaten in 2017.

Ifwat Akmal had a difficult start to the season following an injury but the keeper is now focused on keeping his place in Kedah’s starting line-up with an eye on earning a spot in Frank Bernhardt’s SEA Games squad.

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Defenders

Zachary Anderson (Kedah)

Kedah can thank Anderson for their impressive defensive record in February. The 26-year-old Australian is fantastic in the air and also a good reader of the game.

The former Sydney FC centre-back is dominant and tackles well, and has gained the respect of his teammates following his superb displays.

He is one of the hardest defenders to outfox in the MSL.

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Matthew Davies (Pahang)

The Pahang skipper is enjoying life at the club this year. For starters, he doesn’t need to pick his teammates up as much as last season due to the Elephants’ resurgence in 2017.

The Malaysian right-back started all of Pahang’s matches, two of which were clean sheets. He is also a threat in the opposing half as Davies loves to make overlapping runs.

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Marcos Antonio (JDT)

He has partnered four different players in the heart of defence already and on just about every occasion, he ensured the defence stayed compact.

The 33-year-old Brazilian is commanding in the air and coordinated JDT’s moves from the back. Though lacking in pace, Antonio’s reading of the game gives him an edge over forwards in the MSL.

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