25,000 fans watch Fandi Ahmad's Darul Takzim in action for the very 1st time
Switching to regional football action,
Malaysian Super League club Darul Takzim hammered Woodlands Wellington FC 5-1 in a friendly match last night.
At the Larkin Stadium in Johor, more than 25,000 fans jampacked the arena to watch Fandi Ahmad's team in action for the very 1st time.
Former Spanish international Dani Guiza opened the accounts for the home side, when he scored from a freekick in the 10th minute.
22 minutes later, Guiza helped set up Malaysian national striker Safee Sali who went on to make it 2-0.
And just before halftime, Darul Takzim took a 3-0 lead when Safee blasted his shot from almost 30 metres out.
The Woodlands Rams pulled one back shortly after the interval.
But the Johor-based club made it 4-1 when national captain Safiq Rahim scored with a direct freekick from outside the box in the 82nd minute.
And Malaysia's most costliest club in history, wrapped up the win with their 5th goal in the 87th minute, from fellow international Norsharul Idlan Talaha.
Darul Takzim will next play the winner of tonight's other clash between Pahang and Johor FA.
In local football news,
Lions XII Team captain Sharil Ishak and veteran defender Bhaihakki Khaizan are reportedly planning to leave the squad and play in Thailand in 2013.
Both players, just prior to the AFF Suzuki Cup had signed 1-year contract extensions with the Lions XII.
But after their sterling performances in the regional tournament, offers for the duo have reportedly poured in from Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand.
Now with the Indonesian league suffering from political turmoil and the idea of not wanting to strengthen the Malaysian Super League clubs, both Bai and Shahril are looking
towards Thailand instead.
But it's down to whether Singapore's Football Association can allow the 2 players to leave the Lions XII, especially when the deadline for registering the players, closed 3 weeks ago.
And the next transfer window in the Malaysian Super League is in April.
Still on local football,
Tampines Rovers are reportedly considering to sign former Chelsea striker, Eidur Gudjohnsen.
The ex-Barcelona hitman is currently playing in the Belgian pro-league.
And the 4-time S-league champions are hoping to sign him under the new ruling as a marquee player.
The Stags are also hoping to sign the 34 year old Icelandic footballer, for a monthly salary of around $50,000 Sing dollars.
Tampines Rovers are also looking to sign former Hougang United coach Nenad Bacina as head coach for their 2013 Sleague season.