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Saturday, January 30, 2016

Rosdin ready to deliver

By FRANCIS XAVIER Francis@newsabahtimes.com.my

 KOTA KINABALU: Former Sabah Rhinos skipper Rosdin Wasli is still as spirited as ever in his search for football glory. The state side’s former utility man has vowed to do all he could to help his new club, KDMM FC, who will be making their debut at this year’s FAM Cup, which is scheduled to kick off on February 28. Rosdin, 34, who can play in midfield or centre back, is one of the four former Sabah Rhinos donning KDMM FC colours alongside midfielder Zuraindey Jumai, goalkeeper Endre S. Tipay and Kedah-born defender Rezuan Muhd Radzy, who played for Sabah in the early 2000s.

 The foursome are seen as the most experienced players in a youthful KDMM FC squad. “I will use my experience to help my new team KDMM FC. There are so many young footballers in the squad and for me, they can only get better…I will assist them in any way I can … in training or in proper matches. “By doing so, hopefully they will be much more determined and confident to take on the challenges in the FAM Cup,” Rosdin said, when met by reporters at the launching of the team’s jersey and Introduction of Players held on Thursday night.

 “While we target a top-four finish, nothing is impossible in football and of course we would love to do better than that, such as winning promotion to the Premier League. “The team have been well prepared including in terms of fitness. The only thing that needs improvement is our combination and understanding of each other in matches. Rosdin, who was among the players that did not have their contracts extended with the state squad at the end of last season, had opted to sign for KDMM FC after he was impressed with the professionalism and objectives of the team management.

 For the record, Rosdin, the product of Sabah Football Academy, has been with the Sabah senior squad from 2001 to 2015. He had featured for the state side both in the Super League as well as the Premier League. Despite his vast experience, he does not see the switch to the country’s third division football league as a demotion for him.

 Instead, he sees it as an opportunity to guide the young players and give back what he has achieved in his career to help a local football team to compete at a higher level of competition. But for Zuraindey, the FAM Cup is something not new to him, having played for Beverly FC in the same tournament some years back, where they finished as runners-up.

 The Tuaran-born midfielder, 36, has also played several stints for Sabah while being a fan favourite during his time with Kedah. For the record, KDMM FC are one of the two Sabah teams in the FAM Cup along with DYS FC.

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