JOHOR BAHARU, May 21 – Malaysian football kingpins Johor Darul Takzim has confirmed a couple of good news with a strong message to keep its status as the best team in the country but also to further widen the brand name in the region with an eye on the AFC Champions League.
Topping the list of ”goodies” is on-loan striker Bergson da Silva from his Brazilian club Fortaleza and his stint with JDT is scheduled to end at the end of June. However, the Southern Tigers have now secured his services till the end of this year.
It is certainly good news for JDT die-hard fans and supporters. Bergson has been a big hit with JDT. The 30-year-old is a bane to goalkeepers in the Malaysian Super League – and is on a hot streak, scoring 11 goals in 11 matches.
Bergson is a big boost for JDT who will compete in the AFC Championships League to be held in Thailand from June 22-July 7.
The Southern Tigers will play in Group G with Nagoya Grampus (Japan), Pohang Steelers (South Korea), and Ratchaburi (Thailand).
JDT sporting director Martin Prest announced the good news on the Southern Tiger Facebook on Thursday – the same day JDT confirmed the signing of Australian Shane Lowry on a free transfer. He joins from Al-Ahli of Qatar Stars League.
Lowry has played for a host of English clubs – Leeds United, Sheffield United, Millwall, and Leyton Orient.
The 31-year-old defender, who stands 1.85m tall, also played for Perth Glory in the Australian League apart from playing for the Republic of Ireland Under-17 and Under-21 teams.
Another piece of good news is Nathaniel Shio Hong Wan who is of mixed Malaysia-China parentage.
Nathaniel, now with the Wolverhampton Wanderers Under-23 side will join JDT soon to replace Singapore international Hariss Harun who has returned to his country.

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