Malaysia Football Awards – FourFourTwo’s Best Imports
Jorge Pereyra Diaz (JDT)
Diaz had big shoes to fill when he returned from a loan spell at Independiente. Retired Luciano Figueroa had become very influential and left a gaping hole to be filled.
But Diaz was all over the pitch for the Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) and was arguably a vital cog in their 2016 season, where the Southern Tigers won the FA Cup, MSL and reached the AFC Cup’s last-four.
The Argentine won the golden boot award with 26 goals in 31 appearance. He also inspired his teammates and was often a decisive factor for JDT. It is really a surprise JDT have decided to part ways with the striker.
Liridon Krasniqi (Kedah)
If his first season with Kedah was good, his second in 2016 was even better as Kedah showed little signs of not being able to match the big boys in their first season back in the top flight.
The Kosovan central-midfielder was at the centre of the Red Eagles’ play and just about every move up ahead went through him.
His style suited the short-passing game deployed by Tan Cheng Hoe’s men as they finished third in the MSL and won the Malaysia Cup.
Krasniqi, who has signed for another two seasons with Kedah, scored 10 goals from 36 outings.
Zah Rahan Krangar (Felda)
It was his third season in the MSL and Krangar has been rather consistent in being among the best foreign players in Malaysia.
Krangar, who had Uzbek Lutfulla Turaev alongside him in central midfield, lead Felda’s charge in giving JDT a run for their money in the title race.
The Liberian international is quick, has good feet, creative and like Krasniqi, finds the back of the net regularly. Krangar scored nine goals in 31 matches as the Fighters finished runners-up in the MSL.