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New Straits Times - - Sport - MO­HAMMED GHADDAR

said Ghaddar on his Face­book ac­count yes­ter­day.

The 33-year-old has plun­dered more goals than the Golden Boot win­ners of 2004 (In­dra Pu­tra Ma­hayud­din — 15) , 2006 (Guinea’s Keita Mand­jou — 17), 2012 (Cameroon’s Effa Owona and Liberia’s Fran­cis Doe — 15), 2013 (Mar­lon Alex James of Saint Vin­cent and Gre­nadines — 16), 2014 (Brazil’s Paulo Ran­gel — 16).

Ghaddar’s cur­rent tally equals the top scor­ers of 2005 (Brazil’s Julio Ro­driguez and Zam­bia’s Zacharia Simukonda), 2009 (Nizarud­din Yu­sof) and 2010 (Ashaari Sham­sud­din).

James holds the Golden Boot record of 23 goals achieved in 2008 but the league then had 13 teams compared to 12 this year.

The sta­tis­tics only take into ac­count the top scor­ers since the Su­per League and Premier League sys­tem was in­tro­duced in 2004.

“I can­not re­veal the trans­fer fee as both par­ties have agreed to keep it un­der wraps.

“What I can say is that it is the high­est in the M-League,” said Ke­lan­tan FA vice pres­i­dent Datuk Nasir Hamzah in Shah Alam yes­ter­day,

“Our de­ci­sion to sell Ghaddar has noth­ing to do with Kafa’s cur­rent fi­nan­cial sit­u­a­tion.

“Ghaddar wants a move from Ke­lan­tan. We have sev­eral play­ers on trial with us to re­place him.”

Darul Ta’zim owner Tunku Is­mail Sul­tan Ibrahim said hir­ing Ghaddar is the best de­ci­sion for the club.

“Ghaddar is not only per­form­ing but also scor­ing a lot of goals. It is better to get a player who is well-versed with the M-League dur­ing the mid-sea­son trans­fer win­dow.

“If we look for a player from abroad then it will be ex­pen­sive and fur­ther­more, he will take time to adapt with our foot­ball and the league,” said Tunku Is­mail.

He brushed aside spec­u­la­tions that his club forked out RM5 mil­lion to se­cure Ghaddar’s ser­vices.

“We got him at a rea­son­able price. Darul Ta’zim will not pay RM5 mil­lion for a player who is al­ready 33 years old.

“We will have an­other sign­ing from Spain. He is a midfielder and an an­nounce­ment will be made soon,” Tunku Is­mail added.

Darul Ta’zim are ex­pected to re­lease Ar­gentina’s Brian Fer­reira (who holds an Iraqi pass­port) and Gon­zalo Cabr­era to

I ap­pre­ci­ate what Ke­lan­tan and their ad­viser Tan Sri An­nuar Musa have done for me. Ke­lan­tan is my sec­ond home and the club will al­ways be close to my heart.

slot in Ghaddar and the Span­ish player.

Ghaddar’s in­clu­sion will give the needed boost to Darul Ta’zim’s attack but the striker’s in­di­vid­u­al­is­tic style of play may not fit the club’s tac­tics.

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