Thursday, January 3, 2013

Ghaddar for Felda?

Source: NST Online

MOHAMMED Ghaddar could return to terrorise Malaysian defences after the Lebanon forward unexpectedly turned up at Felda United's training ground in Bangi on Monday.

Sources told Timesport the former Kelantan striker's appearance caught club officials off-guard after Ghaddar was reported to have declined an offer to join Felda in this season's Super League.

Ghaddar, who often courted controversy last year with his on-pitch behaviour, will be a valuable addition to K. Devan's rebuilt squad if he joins the Super League club.

He scored 21 goals in all competitions for treble winners Kelantan in 2012 and was also responsible for Felda's exit from the Malaysia Cup when he grabbed a crucial stoppage-time goal in the second leg of their quarter-final meeting.

Felda are due to reveal their squad at their headquarters at Jalan Semarak in Kuala Lumpur tonight when all questions relating to Ghaddar will be answered.

Club secretary and team manager Kamarruddin Mohamed, however, declined to reveal much, saying he did not want to pre-empt today's announcement.

"The (club) president will announce the squad tomorrow (today) night and you will know then," he said when contacted yesterday.

Ghaddar's future also depends on whether Felda included his name in their squad list to the FA of Malaysia by the Dec 6 deadline for player registration.

The Lebanese player did not feature, nor was he seen, at Felda's friendly game against Universiti Teknologi Mara in Bangi on Tuesday night.

Only a late run of results helped Felda finish 10th in the Super League last year and avoid the relegation playoffs.

That prompted wholesale changes to the management and the squad with former Selangor and Negri Sembilan Super League title-winning coach Devan being hired.

Among the notable signings by Felda are national players Amar Rohidan from Kedah and Shahrizal Saad from Darul Takzim.

Felda returned from Bangkok last week where they defeated Bangkok United 3-1 and drew with BEC Tero Sasana 1-1.

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