2015 MSL Team of the Week: Gameweek 5
The match between the LionsXII and Terengganu finished 1-1, but the scoreline does not paint the full picture, as both teams' goalkeepers exhibited goalkeeping of the highest quality. For our goalkeeper of the week, LionsXII's Izwan Mahbud took the honour ahead of the former Malaysia goalie Sharbinee Allawee after he constantly prevented the Turtles from extending their lead.
Although he was nowhere to be found when Perak scored the first goal of the match, PDRM captain Muslim Ahmad immediately redeemed himself by setting up Ali Ashfaq, who went to win a penalty for the Cops to begin their 3-1 comeback victory. Besides that, he also took on free-kick duties, in which one of them actually forced Perak goalkeeper Zamir Selamat to make a brilliant save.
A big part of ATM’s first league win of the season was thanks to Obinna Nwaneri, who kept former Kelantan team-mate Dickson Nwakaeme in check and matched the Pahang forward in a physical battle.
Bojan Miladinovic was calm personified in Felda United’s 1-0 victory over Kelantan. Partnering up with Shukor Adan at the centre of defence, the 32-year-old Serbian centre-back stifled Erwin Carrillo and reduced the Colombian’s involvement in the match.
Despite losing Andik Vermansyah to an injury at half-time, Selangor could count on his replacement, Fitri Shazwan, to deliver the goods against Sime Darby. Thanks to the winger, the Red Giants were able to double their lead.
Although he was not involved with Felda United's winning goal against the Red Warriors, Zah Rahan Krangar proved to be handful for the Kelantan defence he constantly terrorised them with his tricks and flicks.
Gustavo Lopez was once again pulling the strings for Terengganu, orchestrating every attacking move against the LionsXII. He arguably could’ve registered more assists to his name – besides his corner for Vincent Bikana’s goal – if Izwan Mahbud was not in goal for the Singaporean side.
Making his first league start of the season against Sime Darby, Amri Yahyah seemed lacking in match fitness but remained JDT’s most dangerous player on the pitch. He won numerous free-kicks and made a cross-cum-shot that landed nicely for Junior Eldstal to give the Southern Tigers a priceless point.
Although he was denied a few times by Pahang goalkeeper Khairul Azhan Khalid, ATM striker Abdulafees Abdulsalam persevered and finally got the better of last year’s MVP with a half volley, securing the three points for the Gladiators.
PDRM star Dramane Traore extended his lead in the race for the 2015 Malaysian Super League Golden Boot to seven goals in five league matches following a brace against Perak – the first was from the penalty spot and the other was a clinical header.
Looking slightly sluggish in the first half, the LionsXII became a different animal after Sahil Suhaimi was brought on as he injected some pace and energy into the team’s attack. After assisting Faris Ramli for the LionsXII’s equaliser, he was unlucky not to get his own name on the scoresheet, hitting the crossbar with a free-kick.