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JDT’s first MSL-winning squad: Where are they now?

Malaysian giants Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) have won four-consecutive Malaysia Super League (MSL) titles following their first win in 2014 but there have been plenty of changes since. FourFourTwo finds out what has happened to that team...

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AL-HAFIZ HAMZAH

The Southern Tigers rotated their goalkeepers but it became clear towards the end of the season that Al-Hafiz was the No.1 custodian. He also started in the Malaysia Cup final defeat to Pahang.

He dropped behind new signing Farizal Marlias in 2015 and was demoted to JDT II the following season.

Al-Hafiz is currently with Malaysia Premier League (MPL) side PDRM.

NORAZLAN RAZALI

Signed from Selangor for the 2014 campaign, the custodian failed to live up to expectations and struggled to keep his place in the starting line before he was eventually dropped.

Norazlan returned to Selangor after a year and it proved to be a successful one as the Red Giants lifted the Malaysia Cup in 2015.

The now 31-year-old is still in the Selangor ranks but currently plays second fiddle to a younger Khairul Azhan Khalid.

ASRARUDDIN PUTRA OMAR

The Bukit Jalil Sports School product was JDT’s first-choice left-back prior to Fazly Mazlan’s emergence in 2015 and it was because of an injury to the former that Fazly got his break.

Asraruddin returned from injury in 2016 but struggled to get games and was released at the end of the season. He was expected to join Penang in January but the move did not materialise. He was also rumoured with a return to Selangor but P. Maniam was not keen on the transfer.

Asraruddin is still without a club.

MARCOS ANTONIO

The Brazilian centre-back arrived in the April window to replace Baihakki Khaizan, who was deemed not good enough by then coach Bojan Hodak, and the rest is history.

The former Bundesliga player has been the back-bone to JDT’s success since he arrived from Nuremberg, ensuring their back-four were solid. Antonio’s performance was crucial to JDT’s unbeaten 2016 MSL season.

He is still with the club and will return to the line-up in 2018 after a six-month lay off due to a knee injury.

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