Adi Said holds the ball during a Malaysia Premier League match. – UiTM FC
BY Fadhil Yunus
UITM FC have made the decision to part ways with Brunei Darussalam international Adi Said during the second transfer window of the season in the Malaysia Premier League.
The national forward, who joined during pre-season, has also seen his stint come to an abrupt end in Malaysia’s second division despite cementing his place in the first team as a regular starter and contributed with numerous assists as the club climbed to top spot.
The former DPMM FC player has been released to enable the Malaysia Premier League outfit to make a move for Kyrgyzstan international Akhlidin Israilov. They played together during the Lion Troops’ 2-1 win over Sarawak on May 18, which turned out to be Adi’s final game for the club.
Adi, who was UiTM FC’s designated corner kick taker, helped fire his club to top spot after the win against Sarawak, but he was not named in the squad in the defeat against Selangor United in the subsequent match.
The 28-year old is currently on international duty with the Brunei national football team as they prepare for a crucial first leg tie in the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup 2023 Preliminary Joint Qualification Round 1 against Mongolia at the MFF Football Centre in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia tomorrow.
Adi scored two goals for the club in his debut, including one in the first twenty seconds to his career in the Malaysian league, though he has not managed to find the net since.
Ironically Israilov, who was supposed to replace Adi, did not last long either with the Lion Troops as the club opted for former South Korea under-23 player Park Yongjun.
UiTM FC head coach Ismail Zakaria felt that a change was necessary in an attempt to realise their mission of being crowned Malaysia Premier League champions this season.
He said, “We hope that the inclusion of the player will help the club and this is the final step for us to continue the competition this season.”
Adi and his Brunei teammates left their training base in China for Mongolia ahead of the World Cup qualifier, with the local star likely to lead the line for the Wasps.
-- Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin