Suzuki Cup Star Watch: Safiq the Gamechanger
Words by Kritikorn Thanamahamongkhol, Vijhay Vick and Kenneth Ho
Malaysia: Safiq Rahim (Johor Darul Ta'zim)
Malaysia's captain since 2010, Safiq is undoubtedly the best among the Tigers' ranks and will look to star again in the competition after finishing as topscorer in the 2014 edition.
Since then, Safiq has been named the most valuable player in Malaysia and the 2015 AFC Cup following JDT's successful campaign.
He has already scored seven times in Asia this year, prompting India’s Bengaluru coaching staff to label the central midfielder "as good as the imports" after the two teams clashed in May.
Safiq, who broke into the scene under former Malaysia coach K. Rajagobal in 2009, is among the best players in the region and many feel he could play in the region’s best league, the Thailand Premier League.
Safiq is also among the most decorated footballer in Malaysia with multiple domestic winners' medal, the 2010 AFF Suzuki, 2009 SEA Games and the 2015 AFC Cup.