Pahang lose M-League skipper and three other stars to Selangor

SHAH ALAM, Dec 18 — Four key players of Pahang will be playing for Selangor in the next season of the M-League.

Selangor team manager Amirudin Shari said they are Pahang captain Mohd Razman Roslan, midfielders Mohd Hafiz Kamal and R. Gopinathan, and goalkeeper Mohd Khairul Azhan Mohd Khalid.

“For the 2016 M-League, we have decided to retain only 15 players while the others will be released,” he told reporters here today.

He said the FA of Selangor will be announcing the names of their two new import players next week. They will be replacing Brazilians Guilherme De Paula and Leandro Dos Santos, whose contracts were not renewed.

However, FAS is retaining their other two import players — winger Andik Vermansah from Indonesia and Australian defender Robert Cornthwaite.

On the status of coach Mehmet Durakovic, Amirudin said FAS’s executive committee was still discussing the matter.

Durakovic, who played for Selangor in the ’90s, led the Red Giants to victory in the prestigious Malaysia Cup competition.

Selangor won the title for the 33rd time after defeating Premier League champions Kedah 2-0 in the final at the Shah Alam Stadium on December 12.

Amirudin, who is also a Selangor state executive councillor, also dismissed speculation that Pahang coach Zainal Abidin Hassan would be replacing Durakovic.

The Selangor team list for the 2016 season:

Norazlan Razali, Muhammad Shahrom Abdul Kalam, Mohd Azrif Nasrulhaq Badrul Hisham, Mohd Rizal Fahmi Ab Rosid, Mohd Bunyamin Umar, Mohd Raimi Md Nor, Mohd Azmi Muslim, Muhammad Nazmi Faiz Mansor, Saiful Ridzuwan Selamat, S. Veenod, Mohd Fitri Shazwan Raduan, Ahmad Hazwan Bakri, Abdul Hadi Yahya, Andik Vermansah, Robert Cornthwaite, Mohd Razman Roslan, Mohd Hafiz Kamal, R. Gopinathan, Mohd Khairul Azhan Mohd Khalid. — Bernama