MSL 2017: The teams yet to fill their import quotas

The 2017 season is just weeks away from kick off but some teams have not sorted out their foreign signings. Which teams are these and what are their options…

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Malaysia Super League (MSL) teams are allowed a maximum of four imports, including one from Asia.

These four players are often decisive in a team’s fortunes, so much so that even cash-strapped Selangor and Kelantan were willing to let go of their assets to accommodate the foreign players.

FourFourTwo looks at which team is still on the prowl for foreign talents, as the clock ticks.

Felda United

The Fighters have retained Zah Rahan Krangar for a fourth season following the Liberian’s massive role in Felda’s rise to the top.

Felda have also signed Argentinian Gaston Cellerino from Bolivar but there has been little indication who their remaining imports are going to be.

New coach Azmi Mohamed has yet to find a replacement for Brazilian centre-back Gilberto Filho and the status of Lutfulla Turaev is still anyone’s guess.

FourFourTwo understands Felda do not want to risk keeping the Uzbek because of injury concerns, but the box-to-box midfielder was pictured training with the team this week.


Zah Rahan Krangar. Photo: Felda

Johor Darul Ta’zim

Is Hariss Harun going on loan or is the Singapore international staying put?

That seems to be the question on whether JDT are in the market for another foreign player. The three-time consecutive MSL winners have already replaced 2016’s leading poachers Jorge Pereyra Diaz and Juan Martin Lucero with another two Argentineans in Gonzalo Cabrera and Brian Ferreira.

Brazilian centre-back Marcos Antonio, who has been integral to JDT’s success since his arrival in 2015, remains with the club.

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Hariss Harun. Photo: PDRM