MSL Transfer Update – JDT raid Selangor, Kelantan on the lookout

With just over two weeks remaining till the start of the 2017 Malaysia Super League (MSL) season, clubs have began to get real busy... 

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Felda United

IN: Ilham Amirullah (T-Team), Fakrul Aiman Sidid (PDRM), Wan Amirul Afiq Wan Abdul Rahman (Malacca), Wan Zack Haikal Wan Nor (Kelantan), Norshahrul Idlan Talaha (Terengganu), Fazrul Hazli Kadri (Perak), Farid Ramli (PKNS), Stuart Wark (Sabah)

OUT: Ferris Danial (Terengganu), Adib Aizuddin Abdul Latif (Terengganu), Firdaus Faudzi (Terengganu), Abdul Shukor Jusoh (Terengganu), Christie Jayaseelan (Pahang), Ahmad Syamim Yahyah (Pahang)  Francis Forkey Doe (released), S. Sivanesan (PKNS), Bobby Gonzalez (PKNS), Idris Ahmad (Perak)


Zah Rahan Krangar is back to terrorise defenders in Malaysia. Photo: Felda

The Fighters have added Sabah forward Stuart Wark to their ranks recently. The former Albany Creek Excelsior FC player gives Azmi Mohamed’s side options on the bench after the departure of Ferris Danial and Bobby Gonzalez.

Felda, who will introduce their 2017 squad in Jengka this week, are believed to be in the market for imports players but have not made any announcement yet.

Current imports Lutfulla Turaev and Thiago Fernandes have been pictured in training, a sign that the Fighters may only be in the market for an import centre-back.

Felda have already confirmed Zah Rahan Krangar for a fourth season.

Johor Darul Ta'zim (JDT)

IN: Haziq Nadzli (PDRM), Safawi Rasid (T-Team), Nazmi Faiz Mansor (Selangor), Syahrul Azwari, Brian Ferreira (Independiente), Gonzalo Cabrera (Al-Faisaly), R. Gopinathan (Selangor), Ahmad Hazwan Bakri (Selangor), Darren Lok (JDT II)

OUT: Amri Yahyah (Malacca), Nazrin Nawi, Jasazrin Jamaluddin (both Perak), Akram Mahinan (Kedah), Asraruddin Putra Omar (released), Jorge Pereyra Diaz (JDT), Azinee Taib (JDT II), S. Sasikumar (JDT II), Juan Martin Lucero (Xolos de Tijuana)


JDT have raided Selangor for several players now. Photo: JDT

Having already shown the exit door to Diaz, Mario Gomez also lost Diaz’s strike partner Lucero after the club accepted a RM11.5 million bid from Mexican club Tijuana.

JDT once again turned to Independiente, where Diaz and Lucero had come from, signing 24-year-old Ferreira, who once turned out for Argentina’s under-21 team. JDT also signed Cabrera, who used to play for Boca Juniors before moving to the Middle East.

The Southern Tigers continued their raid on Selangor, adding Ahmad Hazwan Bakri and R. Gopinathan to their capture of Nazmi Faiz Mansor. Among the former Selangor players at JDT include skipper Safiq Rahim, S. Kunanlan and Azrif Nasrulhaq.

JDT have one more import slot to fill after announcing Singapore international Hariss Harun will leave the club on loan, but his destination, like Nazmi, is unknown.