KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 3 – After a miserable season last year, Perak known as Bos Gaurus was delivered a further blow for the new season when top hitman Shahrel Fikri moved to the Klang Valley to join rivals Selangor.
Shahrel, a national asset, has undoubtedly left a vacuum upfront but Perak is moving to build a strong side for the 2021 season.
The Bos Gaurus is looking at a South Korean or a striker from an Arab nation as a replacement.
Perak FA president, Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu, however, refused to reveal more details on the player targeted by the team.
Ahmad Faizal, who remains as the FA president until the congress meets later this month to pick his successor, is also the former Menteri Besar of Perak. The FA president’s post is usually held by the Menteri Besar.
Meanwhile, Perak had good news for their supporters when Singapore international, Shakir Hamzah joined the team for the news season.
It is described as a ”breakthrough” deal with the Singaporean who played for Kedah last season and played a pivotal role in the team’s second-place finish in the Super League behind champions, Johor Darul Takzim.
Another Kedahan who has moved south to join Perak is goalkeeper Azri Ghani – hailed as a goalkeeper to watch.
Another catch for Perak is defender Danish Haziq Saipul Hisham who also played a pivotal role for UiTM FC in its Super League debut last season and finished sixth.
Perak has also retained Brazilian attacking midfielders Careca (Raiandersen da Costa Morais, Leandro dos Santos and newly naturalized Guilherme de Paula.
Long-serving Australian coach, Mehmet Durakovic remains at the helm of Perak. Durakovic became the target of the home fans when Perak fell to a 7-0 defeat to JDT in a league match in Johor Bahru.
The Bos Gaurus slipped to fourth place in the 12-team league after a 3-2 defeat to Kedah in their final match at the Perak Stadium in Ipoh.
The defeat proved costly for Perak after Terengganu moved ahead with a win over Petaling Jaya City FC.
In the Malaysia Cup, Perak handed a 4-0 defeat to Kelantan United and was drawn to meet Terengganu in the quarter-finals before the competition was called off due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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