Safuwan wants quick end to MSL
More was expected of the LionsXII in 2014, but it has not quite worked out as planned.
The defending champions of the Malaysian Super League have gone on an inexplicable slide to obscurity.
As he prepared for their clash against PKNS tonight at Shah Alam Stadium, star defender Safuwan Baharudin just wants to close the chapter on the 2014 league campaign and get ready for a fresh start for the Malaysia Cup.
"This year hasn't been what we've wanted it to be... and we're all even the coaching staff, still scratching our heads trying to figure out why," he told The New Paper yesterday.
"On our day, we can beat the best teams in Malaysia, but we are just lacking something."
That "something" varies from game to game. Most often, it is the lack of a goalscorer, but occasionally there have been lapses in concentration at the back, even a lack of belief in midfield.
Regularly a central defender, Safuwan has been deployed all across the park to aid the LionsXII cause this season, sometimes going through the entire spectrum in a single game.
"Till today, I don't know what my best position is. It hasn't been easy, but I will always do what the team needs," said the 23-year-old, who is determined to see out the last three games of the 12-team league, and automatically qualify for the Malaysia Cup by finishing in the top 10.
The Singapore side are currently eighth, six points ahead of ATM in 11th, with three games left to play.
"The league is all but over for us, but at the back of our minds we just don't want to finish in the bottom two," he said.
"We only have one goal left - the dream of the Malaysia Cup. We need to qualify, forget the league and focus on trying to win the cup."