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Kasuka FC’s forward Mohd Hanif Aiman scoops Super League top scorer award

Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Awang Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin presents the top scorer award to Kasuka FC’s Mohd Hanif Aiman bin Haji Adanan during the final Brunei DST Super League match and prize presentation ceremony. – FADHIL YUNUS

BY Fadhil Yunus 

KASUKA FC forward Mohd Hanif Aiman bin Haji Adanan scooped the top scorer award in the recently concluded Brunei DST Super League 2018/19 season after bagging 16 goals, tipping two-time winner Abdul Azizi Ali Rahman. The lethal forward played a pivotal role with his goal-scoring prowess in helping the side seal a runners-up spot, bettering their fourth place finish the previous season.

Wijaya FC’s Pengiran Anaqi Sufi bin Pengiran Haji Omar Baki and former MS ABDB forward Razimie bin Ramlli were his closest rivals in the chase for the top scorer award but a flurry of goals in his last two matches tipped the scales in his favour.

The forward became the first player from Kasuka FC to lift the individual accolade since the start of the DST Super League season in 2012/13 when former Indera SC player and current DPMM FC star Azwan Ali Rahman won the award.

Indera SC’s forward Zulkhairy Razali and former Jerudong FC man Hardi Bujang were the other top scorer winners.

Kasuka were the nearest rivals to eventual winners MS ABDB but the title race ended in dramatic fashion when they lost to the army personnel in early March. Mohd Hanif Aiman contributed to the club’s challenge for the title with his flurry of goals.

Mohd Hanif Aiman stormed into the lead in the goal-scoring charts after his four-goal heroics against newly promoted Setia Perdana in the opening day of the season.

The Kasuka forward made it six goals in three league appearances when he netted a brace against rivals Indera SC.

By early December last year, Mohd Hanif Aiman was a goal away from double digits following strikes in three consecutive games.

The then 18-year-old was not in the score-sheet in eight league appearances from December to early March this year. He served a one-match suspension during his side’s 3-1 win over MS PDB.

Mohd Hanif Aiman was also among the substitutes in the goalless draw with Kota Ranger FC.

He finally broke his scoring duck in the 5-0 mauling of IKLS when he bagged a brace as Kasuka FC battled to seal second place. A second-half penalty finally ended his long wait to reach double digits.

Mohd Hanif Aiman needed to go all out with a flurry of goals against basement dwellers Najip FC, which he obliged as he fired five in an 8-1 win in the final game of the season.

-- Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin

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