By K. RAJAN
PETALING JAYA: Armed Forces’ new signing Mohd Shukor Adan is hoping that a reunion with his former Negri Sembilan team-mates will bring luck to the Gladiators in the Super League.
Shukor has fond memories of playing with Rezal Zambery Yahaya, Hairuddin Omar, Irwan Fadli Idrus and goalkeeper Farizal Harun in the Negri Sembilan team who won the Malaysia Cup in 2009 and 2011.
The 33-year-old Shukor was roped in by Forces coach B. Sathianathan to replace Aidil Zafuan Abdul Razak, who has joined moneybags Johor Darul Takzim FC with his twin brother Mohd Zaquan Adha and leftback Azmi Muslim. “I’ll be reunited with my former Negri team-mates. We tasted success together and I hope that lady luck will continue to smile on us now that we are with Armed Forces,” Shukor said after the unveiling of the new Forces kit yesterday.
“I believe I have joined the best team and will work hard to achieve our targets this season.
“The success of a team depends on the combination of players, coaches and management. Forces showed that last season when they won the Premier League to earn promotion and qualified for the Malaysia Cup final.”
Shukor, who can play as a midfielder, centreback and back-up striker, said he’s prepared to play anywhere Sathianathan wants him to in the Charity Shield match against treble winners Kelantan at the Shah Alam Stadium tomorrow.
The former international proved that he still has the eye for goals after bagging a brace in Forces’ 5-0 thumping of Premier League side Pos Malaysia last Saturday.
Meanwhile, the Armed Forces have signed a three-year shirt sponsorship deal with Italian premier sportswear Macron – becoming the first team from South-East Asia to do so.
The 2012 Premier League champions and Malaysia Cup runners-up, thus, joined the ranks of other elite European clubs like West Ham, Lazio, Real Betis and AZ Alkmaar.
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