PETALING JAYA, May 9 – Former international Shukor Adan has less than 20 minutes of action in the Super League but his four minutes against winless UiTM FC at the UiTM Stadium in Shah Alam on Saturday made him a hero with a headed goal for a 1-1 draw.
The header has turned out to be controversial as he is seen to have used his hand to punch the ball into the net – which reminds us of the late Diego Maradona’s ‘Hand of God’ goal which gave Argentina a 2-1 win over England in the quarter-final of the 1986 World Cup Finals in Mexico City.
UiTM FC with new signings in the second transfer window which opened on May 3, was a transformed side and had victory written all over – thanks to South Korean new signing Kwon Yong-Hyun’s 84th-minute goal.
However, Shukor, 41, who came off the bench to replace Iman Naszari in the 88th minute repaid coach Bojan Hodak’s faith in the veteran.
The Melaka-born Shukor made it count from a corner as he outjumped others and in the melee used his right hand to punch the ball into the net for the equaliser.
When the referee blew for a goal, the KL City players celebrated Shukor’s first goal of the season and mobbed him while the UiTM FC players were crestfallen.
For the record, before this Shukor saw only one minute of action as a substitute against Perak and JDT and 12 minutes against Penang.
“We were robbed of two points and this could have an adverse outcome on the team,” said UiTM FC coach Frank Bernhardt.
“I have vast experience in leagues in Europe, but I have never seen anything like this. It cost us our first win in 13 matches and it hurts. Our players gave everything on the field and deserve the win to turn things around.”

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