UiTM forward Adi Said in action against Negeri Sembilan during a Malaysia Premier League match. – UITM FC
BY Fadhil Yunus
ADI Said exerted his influence as a focal point of attack in his new side UiTM FC with involvement in all four goals during the 4-1 win against Negeri Sembilan in the Malaysia Premier League at the Tuanku Abdul Rahman Stadium in Paroi recently.
The Brunei Darussalam national forward’s search for a first assist of the season in Malaysia’s second tier goes on but he was heavily linked in the build-up to all four goals.
Adi, who was the joint leader in assists in the Singapore Premier League last season, was designated as the corner kick taker which led to teammate Azriddin Rosli bagging a brace.
However, on both occasions when he took the corner, there was assistance from another source which prevented him the opportunity to rack the assists.
The hosts’ goalkeeper Muhamad Hamka Daud’s attempt for a clearance from an Adi’s corner went horribly wrong as Azriddin attacked the loose ball with a firm header into the roof of the net.
Adi’s corner in the second half took a touch off a Negeri Sembilan player and Azriddin was in the right place again to beat Muhammad Hamka with an equally effective header.
The Brunei international was also involved in the third goal when he initiated the attacking threat with a pass to debutant Zarko Korac, whose deflected shot ended towards Robert Mendy who squeezed in his effort from a tight angle.
Adi would have been credited with an assist had his strike partner Mendy’s attempt was not saved. The Senegalese’s subsequent cross then found Korac who buried a precise header.
The UiTM star released a pass in which a Negeri Sembilan defender seemed to be a favourite to collect the ball but he fell under the pressure of Mendy who then proceeded with a shot.
Adi, whose set-piece duties extends to taking free kicks, has now played an influential role in six of UiTM’s first seven goals following his quiet contributions in the Negeri Sembilan win.
The former DPMM FC man made three appearances for the Lion Troops with all of them coming from the start with two goals to his name. He also briefly led the scoring charts in the opening week of the season.
UiTM, who target a top-four finish this season, are currently second in the table with six points only behind the unbeaten Johor Darul Ta’zim II FC.
The two teams will meet in a top-of-the-table clash at the UiTM Stadium this Sunday.
-- Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin