The Super League is nearly at the mid-way stage of the season and with the league on a mini-break, time to reflect on each teams and who did well.

Team: Kuala Lumpur
Current position: 9th
Grade: B

Promoted to the Super League after winning the 2017 Premier League, KL were not expected to take the top division by storm and their performances have reflected as such. Yet, a couple of smart buys prior to the start of the season have seen them making a great fight of staying in the division.

Fabio Maciel da Silva remains the man in charge and for anyone who goes often to the KL matches, would have seen his temperament and body language at the side of the pitch. The Brazilian is an expressive character and one who does not shy away from a confrontation or the hard questions.

Aidil Zaquan, Indra Putra Mahayudin and Saifulnizam Miswan were the experience heads with plenty of Super League experience that were brought in to guide the younger players in the squad who are getting their first taste of top flight football in their career.

One look at KL’s home result and it is a magnificent record. The only team in the league thus far to have beaten JDT, they have also won over Kedah and held Pahang to a draw – all at the comforts of the KLFA Stadium.

Yet, the away matches are the very reason why KL aren’t higher up the table. Five matches on the road and all five of them have ended in defeats. Fabio faces a big task on his hands if he is to eventually secure a second Super League season for KL, and they will need to start picking up points on their travels.

Paulo Josue exudes the calm and creative talents but the real hub of the team is none other than Indra. The 36-year-old is now a central midfielder and uses his experience to read the game and be the leader to his team. For someone of his age, Indra can also be quick off the block and often times, put on the afterburners to initiate attacks for KL.

 

By Ooi Kin Fai

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