Nov 2, 2012

Rozaimi at the crossroads

2nd November, 2012

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah sensation – youngster Md Rozaimi Abd Rahman is at the crossroads.

The striker has received an unofficial offer from the Young Tigers A, who are playing in the S-League, but is undecided whether to take up the offer or stick with his beloved Sabahawks.

The former TABS Kota Kinabalu player signed a new contract only recently with his employer – the Sabah FA, which only ends after the 2014 season, and he hopes to see off the contract.

However, he fears that if he remains playing for Sabah, he may not be picked for next year’s SEA Games in Myanmar.

And that has given him a slight headache of whether to join the Young Tigers A or stay in Sabah.

“My heart says remain in Sabah but if I do that, I may not be considered for the SEA Games,” Rozaimi was quoted by a national daily as saying yesterday.

“National youth coach Ong Kim Swee made a verbal offer recently but I have not received anything official. I will wait for it before deciding.

“I, however, prefer to play for Sabah until 2014. I want to help them regain their Super League status next season. I also want to score as many goals for Sabah after netting only five in the just-concluded season.

Rozaimi, who was voted the season’s Most Promising Player at the FAM National Football Awards on Tuesday, became the hottest property in local football after making headlines in the AFC Under-22 qualifiers in Myanmar earlier this year.

He scored 10 goals for Malaysia.

The Kota Kinabalu lad, just 20 years old, also played an instrumental role in Sabah’s historic win in the Malaysia Games in Kuantan.

Rozaimi played on loan for Selangor during the Malaysia Cup campaign but he failed to steer the 32-time winners to victory in the competition.

“I did not play well at all for Selangor. As a striker, I was supposed to score goals but I only managed two.

Rozaimi, who hurt his hamstring in training with the national Under-21 squad recently, has now picked up a groin injury.

“I have been off tough training for the last two weeks. It is getting better. I am honoured to be part of the 33-member squad for the AFF Cup. However, I am only on the standby list at the moment.

Sarawak’s Ashri Chuchu, Terengganu’s Zubir Azmi, PKNS’ Azrif Nasrulhaq Badrul Hisham, Perak President’s Cup captain Nurridzuan Abu Hassan and D. Kenny Palraj have also been offered to join the Tigers.

After earning his first cap as a substitute in Malaysia’s 6-0 win over Sri Lanka in April, Rozaimi was in the national squad for the friendly matches against English Premier League sides Arsenal and Manchester City last July before travelling to Austria for matches.

News source:
New Sabah Times

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