Sahil delighted with goalscoring debut

New LionsXII forward Sahil Suhaimi made an instant impact last night after being brought on during the second half of the 5-3 win over PDRM FA, scoring the fifth goal of the night.

Replacing Gabriel Quak in the 64th minute, Sahil wasted little time in introducing himself on the Malaysian Super League (MSL) stage – just three minutes to be exact.

Brought down by Muslim Ahmad on the edge of the box, the former Courts Young Lions forward stepped up and curled home a beautiful freekick beyond PDRM keeper Saiful Sudar’s reach.

Speaking after the game, the debutant was pleased that he managed to persuade Khairul Amri, who was also standing over the ball, to allow him to take the set piece.

“We just talked to each other within that few seconds on who’s going to take it,” he told FourFourTwo.

“I told him that I’m still fresh (after coming on) and I’m confident of taking it, thus I went ahead. I’m glad that he gave me the chance to.”

Sahil believes his goalscoring debut is something which will take the pressure off his shoulders in the new season.

“I was really pressured and nervous when I first came in,” he recalled.

“As the game went on, I got my confidence back. This will help me in the future to work harder and score more goals.”

The forward was on the end of a crude challenge from PDRM right-back V. Thirumugan that left him in a heap near the end of the game but the 22-year-old believes that the physicality is part and parcel of playing at this level and was looking forward to adapting to life in the MSL.

“In this kind of game, you will surely get this kind of tackle,” he said.

“But I’m okay with it. For me, it’s hard to adapt to the MSL level after playing in the S.League, but slowly I’ll be able to do it.”

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