The Young Gun: Abdul Halim Saari, Kedah

As coach Tan Cheong Hoe told FourFourTwo, Kedah may not have been spending big since winning promotion to the Malaysia Super League, but they have lots of young players ready to step forward.

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Abdul Halim Saari is one such example and there are high hopes that the talented youngster is going to make a nationwide name for himself in 2016.

“This is my first season in the Super League. Before I was playing for the under-21 team,” Abdul told FourFourTwo. “I know it will be tough but I am ready and looking forward to it.”

The cultured midfielder names a certain Portuguese star who plays for Real Madrid as his role model, but he is not expecting to be the team's main man just yet, instead focusing on being ready to take the season one step at a time.

“I think that perhaps I can play seven or eight games in the league,” he said. “I want to show the fans what I can do and become important to the team.”

If that is his own personal target, the 21-year-old believes that Kedah, back in the top flight after three seasons in the Premier League, can more than hold their own in the big time.

“I think we will have a good season because all players are focused and ready to go and we have a good coach who gives motivation to all the players and prepares them well,” Abdul added.

“In the Super League, we know that all the games are tough. We will aim to finish in the top five and I hope we can do well in the cup competitions.” 

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