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Kelantan’s 2012 treble winning squad: Where are they now?

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ZAIRUL FITREE ISHAK

Zairul, who arrived from Kedah in 2009, stayed with his hometown club until being released at the age of 32 at the end of the 2017 campaign.

The full back was a regular starter during the first half of the 2012 season, starting in the FA Cup win over Sime Darby in May, but dropped to the bench for the Malaysia Cup final at the end of the year.

Zairul has a rare distinction of winning two domestic trebles with different clubs. He was part of the Kedah side that won the three trophies in 2008.

NIK SHAHRUL AZIM

The defender was an up-and-coming youngster from the Kelantan ranks and the future looked bright after his exploits in 2012.

Despite signing a five-year contract in 2014, his career hasn’t panned out the way many had expected it to.

Nik Shahrul has struggled with consistency and has barely been in contention for the national team in recent years despite showing promise with the Malaysia Under-23s.

He was loaned out to Negeri Sembilan in 2017 and still only 26 years old, the Kota Bahru faithful are hoping he returns a stronger player.

S. CHANTHURU

Like several of his former Kelantan teammates, Chanthuru too ended up at JDT but his move down south took a few turns – including a detour through East Malaysia.

The speedy winger joined Perak in 2013 but didn’t have the best of times due to injury. He moved to Sarawak in April 2014 and showed flashes of his old self, before joining JDT for the 2015 campaign.

Chanthuru won three MSL titles and the AFC Cup, doing well when he played but he was a not a regular and fell out of favour with the change of coaches as Benjamin Mora and Ulisses Morais barely utilised him in 2017.

He joined Melaka United in earlier this month.

NURUL AZWAN ROYA

Though he grew up in Pasir Puteh, Kelantan, the 2012 season was actually his first professional season with the Red Warriors.

Nurul Azwan’s first professional club was Johor FC, which has since been rebranded to JDT.

He won the treble and returned to the revolutionised Southern Tigers, only this time a more frustrating stint as he was a fringe player for two seasons.

He moved to PDRM in 2015 but was sacked with the club claiming it was due to poor performance.

He returned to Johor in 2016, this time for JDT II, before rejoining Kelantan in 2017.