Wednesday, 31 August 2011

New goalkeeper ready to help T-Team in Malaysia Cup

He was named after an angel 26 years ago and now Mohd Jibrail Kamaron Baharin has vowed to keep watch over T-Team during the Malaysia Cup campaign. The Pos Malaysia goalkeeper, who is one of two T-Team on-loan signings, said it was a dream come true to be appointed guardian of the posts for the Kuala Terengganu club side.

The former national Under-20 goalkeeper, who plied his trade for Malacca in the Premier League from 2006 to 2009, said it was a rare opportunity to be given a chance to play on football's big stage again.

"I have some big shoes to fill here as former national goalkeeper Samsuri Mustaffa, who is recovering from knee surgery, is a local hero.
"But I have been made to feel right at home in my short time here by the fans and I have a feeling that I am going to have the time of my life in Kuala Terengganu," said Jibrail, who hails from Seremban, Negri Sembilan.

Thus far, he has enjoyed mixed results standing between the posts, conceding six goals in five friendly matches.

T-Team were defeated 1-0 by Sime Darby FC, beat Selangor PKNS 2-0, beat Felda United FC 1-0, lost to Kelantan 3-1 and then drew 2-2 with Terengganu.

T-Team coach Yunus Alif said his new goalkeeper should be close to 100 per cent ready for action when the Malaysia Cup kicks-off on Tuesday when Selangor play them at Sultan Ismail Nasiruddin Shah Stadium.

"He still has a few weaknesses to overcome but I know he is working hard to fight Zairie Hafizie Idris for a place in the starting 11.

"Both goalkeepers are good enough for first team action but Zairie, who had stomach surgery last month, may still not be ready mentally to give 100 per cent commitment," he said.

Yunus said he is also pleased with his other on-loan player, Mohd Fitri Omar from Muar Municipal FC who finally scored his first goal in the match against Terengganu on Friday.

"We looked sharp in the Terengganu match and managed to score twice before the FA Cup champions came back to draw level before the final whistle.

"As for the tournament proper, we hope to do well against Selangor on the opening day before taking on Group D rivals Kuala Lumpur and Police," he said.

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