PETALING JAYA, Nov 29 – At the age of 42 former international Shukor Adan is the oldest outfield player in the Malaysian League but has finally made up his mind to quit his professional career at the end of this season – with a wish.
The Melaka-born Shukor, who plays for Kuala Lumpur City FC, may not have playing minutes in his favour with the City Boys but the Malaysia Cup final against defending champions Johor Darul Takzim (JDT) at the National Stadium in Bukit Final comes with fervent wish – a win for KL FC.
”I may get to play or not get to play does not matter as long as my team wins. It means a lot for me. For one the Malaysia Cup is 100 years old this year. If we win, I will get to lift the silverware and end my professional career on a high,” said Shukor.
”I am proud to be linked with KL. The playing minutes may not favour me but I am still proud to be with the team. I thank coach Bojan Hodak for that and I am very proud for my links with the team.”
Meanwhile, Hodak, said his team is not under any pressure playing against “big club like JDT” and is the best club in Malaysia.
”We (KL City) are a small club with a small budget compared to JDT. No one gave us a chance to have come this far but here we are now.”
Hodak achieved his first target by taking the team to sixth place in the Super League. It is an achievement as the City Boys dished out some impressive results against the big names in Malaysian football – among them former kingpins Selangor.
If the team wins the prestigious Malaysia Cup it will be an icing on the cake for the team, especially Shukor and it will be a perfect present for the veteran who also had stints with Negeri Sembilan, Selangor, Armed Forces and Felda United.