Amri goes ‘home’

New Straits Times - - Sport -

AMRI Yahyah has gone back to his roots as the 36-year-old joined Se­lan­gor yes­ter­day from Me­laka for the re­main­der of the sea­son.

The for­ward’s in­clu­sion is ex­pected to boost Se­lan­gor’s sea­son. The club, mean­while, dropped Ro­ma­nian mid­fielder Vic­tor Astafei and re-reg­is­tered In­done­sian winger Andik Ver­man­syah.

Amri started his ca­reer with Se­lan­gor in 2001 be­fore tak­ing up an at­trac­tive of­fer to join Darul Ta’zim af­ter the end of the 2013 sea­son.

The na­tional cap­tain then joined newly pro­moted Super League side Me­laka early this year but was re­leased af­ter fail­ure to of­fer a pos­i­tive in­flu­ence to the team.

Se­lan­gor coach P. Ma­niam hopes Amri will not only pro­vide lead­er­ship qual­i­ties but also add depth into the team’s at­tack­ing op­tions.

“Amri is a qual­ity player who can play in any at­tack­ing po­si­tion. He can be an as­set to the team but he needs to prove him­self and also guide the oth­ers,” said Ma­niam yes­ter­day.

Amri was tested in a friendly against Premier League side MISC-MIFA in Ni­lai yes­ter­day.

Me­laka United Soc­cer As­so­ci­a­tion (MUSA) deputy pres­i­dent Datuk Yu­soff Ma­hadi said Amri’s mode of re­lease to Se­lan­gor has not been fi­nalised yet.

“We are un­de­cided whether to ter­mi­nate Amri’s con­tract or turn it into a loan deal as he signed with us un­til the end of the sea­son. But this is a small is­sue and we do not re­quire a trans­fer fee from Se­lan­gor.

“We have de-reg­is­tered him and he has gone to Se­lan­gor for good,” said Yu­soff.

On Me­laka’s mid-sea­son sign­ings, Yu­soff said the team have ter­mi­nated the ser­vices of Ghana’ God­win An­twi and Ar­gentina’s Ser­gio Aguero.

Me­laka signed Mace­do­nian cen­tre-back Jas­min Me­ci­novic yes­ter­day and are cur­rently eval­u­at­ing Brazil­ian for­ward Felipe Almeida De Souza.

The team have also signed winger Azniee Taib and de­fender Ni­cholas Swirad from

Jo­hor, and also English­born Malaysian Jordan

Yong from King’s Lynn

Town FC, who play in the South­ern League

Premier Divi­sion in

Eng­land.

Amri Yahyah is ex­pected to pro­vide Se­lan­gor with lead­er­ship.

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