FAS ● Oct 03, 2018

OVERSEAS WATCH: Safuwan’s heroics not enough to deny Hariss’ JDT, Izwan and Hassan share spoils in Thailand


Safuwan Baharudin’s first-leg equaliser for Pahang FA failed to deny Hariss Harun and Johor Darul Ta’zim from claiming a spot in the Malaysia Cup semi-finals, while Singapore goalkeepers Izwan Mahbud and Hassan Sunny played out a draw in their final Thai League 2 match of the season


 Hariss Harun in action against Pahang FA in the Malaysia Cup. (PHOTO: JDT)


Hariss Harun (Johor Darul Ta’zim) – Malaysia Super League (MSL)
JDT captain Hariss Harun played the full 180 minutes over both legs as he led the Southern Tigers to a 3-1 aggregate victory over Pahang FA in the quarter-finals of the Malaysia Cup.


JDT will face Terengganu FA in the semi-finals, with the first leg scheduled for 6 October.


Recent fixtures
23/9/18: Pahang FA 1-1 JDT (Malaysia Cup QF 1st Leg)
29/9/18: JDT 2-0 Pahang FA (Malaysia Cup QF 2nd Leg)


 Safuwan Baharudin wheels away in celebration after netting a stoppage-time equaliser against JDT in the Malaysia Cup quarter-finals first leg. (PHOTO: Pahang FA)


Safuwan Baharudin (Pahang FA) – MSL
Safuwan Baharudin scored a crucial stoppage-time equaliser for Pahang FA in the first leg of the Malaysia Cup against JDT.


However, his heroics were unable to help Pahang snatch a spot in the last four at the expense of national teammate Hariss Harun and JDT after the Southern Tigers claimed a 2-0 win in the second leg.


Safuwan’s club season came to a close following the defeat but it should be considered a successful campaign, having triumphed in the Malaysia FA Cup in July.


Recent Fixtures
23/9/18: Pahang FA 1-1 JDT (Malaysia Cup QF 1st Leg)
29/9/18: JDT 2-0 Pahang FA (Malaysia Cup QF 2nd Leg)


 Faris Ramli in action against Melaka United in the Malaysia Cup Group Stage. (PHOTO: PKNS)


Faris Ramli (PKNS) – MSL
Faris Ramli did not feature for PKNS FC as they crashed out of the Malaysia Cup at the quarter-final stage after a 2-0 aggregate defeat to Perak FA.


Faris’ absence was due to an injury that he had picked up earlier and he was sorely missed as PKNS could not find the net over 180 minutes against Perak.


Faris was seen undergoing platelet-rich plasma therapy to aid his recovery as he aims to be fit in time for the Lions’ International Friendly matches against Mongolia and Cambodia later this month.


Recent Fixtures
25/9/18: Perak 0-0 PKNS (Malaysia Cup QF 1st Leg)
30/9/18: PKNS 0-2 Perak (Malaysia Cup QF 2nd Leg)


Zulfahmi Arifin in action for Chonburi FC against Nakhon Ratchasima. (PHOTO: Chonburi FC)


Zulfahmi Arifin (Chonburi FC) – Thai League 1
Zulfahmi Arifin came on as a second-half substitute in Chonburi FC’s 2-1 victory over Ubon UMT on 23 September.


The central midfielder was handed a start in the club’s latest fixture against Nakhon Ratchasima, which Chonburi won 3-1.


Successive league victories have placed Chonburi in seventh spot in Thai League 1 with 45 points from 32 matches.


Recent Fixtures
23/9/18: Ubon UMT 1-2 Chonburi FC (Thai League 1)
29/9/18: Chonburi FC 3-1 Nakhon Ratchasima (Thai League 1)

Gabriel Quak (Royal Thai Navy FC) – Thai League 2
Gabriel Quak was an unused substitute in each of Royal Thai Navy FC’s last two league matches.

Royal Thai Navy are currently 16th in Thai League 2 with 27 points from 32 matches.

Recent Fixtures
23/9/18: Chiangrai United 2-2 Royal Thai Navy FC (Thai League 1)
29/9/18: Royal Thai Navy FC 0-5 Port FC (Thai League 1)

Baihakki Khaizan (Udon Thani FC) – Thai League 2
Baihakki Khaizan played the full 90 minutes as Udon Thani FC lost 2-1 to Samut Sakhon on 22 September.


He was an unused substitute when Udon Thani defeated Krabi FC 4-2 in their final Thai League 2 fixture of the season.


The victory saw Udon Thani rise two spots to finish seventh with 34 points in the 2018 Thai League 2 season.


Recent Fixtures
22/9/18: Samut Sakhon 2-1 Udon Thani FC (Thai League 2)
29/9/18: Udon Thani FC 4-2 Krabi FC (Thai League 2)


Izwan Mahbud (Nong Bua Pitchaya) – Thai League 2
Izwan Mahbud started in goal for Nong Bua Pitchaya as they drew 1-1 against Army United.


Having picked up four points from their past couple of matches, Nong Bua Pitchaya finished the Thai league 2 season in fifth spot on 45 points.


Recent Fixtures
23/9/18: Kasetsart University 0-1 Nong Bua Pitchaya (Thai League 2)
29/9/18: Nong Bua Pitchaya 1-1 Army United (Thai League 2)


Hassan Sunny handles the ball against Nong Bua Pitchaya. (PHOTO: Army United Fan Club)


Hassan Sunny (Army United) – Thai League 2
Hassan Sunny started in both of Army United’s recent matches and helped the club to two successive draws.


Hassan and fellow Singapore goalkeeper Izwan Mahbud both started in goal as Army United and Nong Bua Pitchaya played out a 1-1 draw in both teams’ final league match of the season on 29 September.


Army United finished the Thai League 2 season in eighth spot on 34 points.


Recent Fixtures
23/9/18: Army United 3-3 Lampang FC (Thai League 2)
29/9/18: Nong Bua Pitchaya 1-1 Army United (Thai League 2)



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Anders Aplin (Matsumoto Yamaga FC) – J2 League
Anders Aplin has yet to debut for Matsumoto Yamaga FC.


Matsumoto Yamaga are currently leading the J2 League with 65 points from 35 games.


Recent Fixtures
23/9/18: Matsumoto Yamaga 2-0 Roasso Kumamoto (J2 League)
30/9/18: Montedio Yamagata 3-3 Matsumoto Yamaga (J2 League)