BY Fadhil Yunus
ADI Said racked up another assist for his club UiTM FC and helped them to the summit of the Malaysia Premier League after a 2-1 win over Sarawak at the UiTM Stadium in Shah Alam last Saturday. The Brunei Darussalam international was also heavily involved in the build-up for the second goal as his decision-making to pass to Akhlidin Israilov led to Nazrin Syamsul’s winner.
The former DPMM FC man contributed an assist for the second game in succession following his perfectly taken corner which resulted in Amer Azahar’s goal during the 1-0 win against UKM FC. Adi, a regular with UiTM FC, knocked on the door for an assist highlighted by his decision to switch play to teammate Amer Azahar, whose effort from outside the box struck the upright.
The league’s top scorer Zarko Korac saw his free-kick parried away by Sarawak goalkeeper Shaiful Wazizi Mohamad and, from the ensuing corner which was taken by Adi, rose to meet the header only to end up in the safe pair of hands of the goalkeeper.
Adi nearly perfected the role of creator after crafting an inch perfect pass, prompting Korac to be on his way but the striker inadvertently dragged his shot wide.
The combination proved decisive in their next opportunity as Adi’s lofted ball was nodded precisely by Korac to draw the hosts level, with the Bruneian playing an influential role.
At the start of the second half, UiTM sent an early warning of breaching the Sarawak defence as Adi continued his eye of setting another assist through a dangerous-looking corner.
For the second goal, Adi had his back turned towards goal and decided to lay the ball to Akhlidin whose pinpoint cross was met with a flying header from Nazrin Syamsul six minutes from time.
Adi, who shone in the Singapore Premier League last season, looked to make another assist at the end of normal time when he make inroads on the byline and tried to set up the on-rushing Korac, but Shaiful Wazizi read the situation well to deny the striker.
The Brunei star is steadily forming a lethal partnership with Korac, who was also the recipient when he recorded his first assist for his new employers during a 3-3 draw against Kelantan earlier in the season.
The Lion Troops currently lead Malaysia’s second tier with 26 points, one point above Johor Darul Ta’zim II, who succumbed to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Penang FA.
--Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin