Felda's new-look Fighters have silverware in their sights

Felda United have revealed their intention to win a trophy in the 2016 Malaysian football season following the signing of Brazilian Gilberto Carlos Marangoni and Uzbek Lutfulla Turayev.

The former Klang Valley-based team will move to Jengka in Pahang with the completion of the Tun Abdul Razak Stadium and the club’s management feels there is no better time to win its first trophy.

Having largely struggled since they were formed in 2007, Felda sparked to life in 2014 when Irfan Bakti Abu Salim was installed as coach and given a budget to sign quality players.

That year the Fighters earned promotion to the Malaysia Super League (MSL) and reached the FA Cup final.

The target upon the team is to deliver at least one trophy

They also reached the semi-finals of the past two Malaysia Cups and feel the time has now come to take the next step.

"We have always looked at things with a view of the long term. It's not just how well the MSL team perform but getting the right infrastructure in place is important too," said club deputy president Datuk Isa Abu Kassim.

"The new stadium sits a crowd of 20,000 and we need to do justice to it. I'm confident we can attract the crowd from the Felda settlements nearby.

"On that accord, a trophy would be great too. It's our third season since a lot of emphasis was placed on the team and it is only fitting to win a trophy.

“So, the target upon the team is to deliver at least one trophy ... be it the MSL, FA Cup or Malaysia Cup."

Felda have retained Malaysia Cup joint top scorer Thiago Augusto Fernandes and influential Liberian central midfielder Zah Rahan Krangar.

New signings Turayev (pictured above) and Marangoni are expected to slot into a holding midfield role and central defence respectively.

Irfan is confident he has depth in his squad despite the loss of last year's breakthrough player, Shahrul Saad, to Perak.

"I have a more complete squad now. I would have loved to keep Shahrul, but his heart was not here and we came to an agreement with Perak for his services," he said.

"Turayev will fill the gap and could provide more stability in midfield. I went to their respective countries to see them play and I felt they are what we need."

Marangoni arrives from Brazilian second division side Bragantino, while Turayev played for Lokomotiv Tashkent in the Uzbekistan top flight last year.