De Paula on a spe­cial mis­sion

New Straits Times - - Sport -

AF­TER blast­ing a club record six goals past Armed Forces on Tues­day, Kuala Lumpur striker Guil­herme De Paula is seek­ing to re­store the city side’s long-lost glory years.

KL’s 6-0 de­mo­li­tion of Forces in Se­layang took them up to third in the Premier League stand­ings as they chase pro­mo­tion to the Super League while also hav­ing one eye on the Malaysia Cup af­ter be­ing handed a favourable draw.

De Paula’s dou­ble hat-trick, which in­cluded two penal­ties, broke a KL team record of five goals held jointly by K. Kan­nan (1989) and Marcelo Padilha Da Rocha (2004), and took his sea­son tally to 16 goals in 14 matches.

“I think we started well and un­der the new coach (Fabio Ma­grao) we have done well,” said De Paula af­ter KL’s fifth con­sec­u­tive win. “He helped us to im­prove and all the play­ers de­serve the credit for help­ing me to score six goals.

“I am very happy with the team now, be­fore also I was happy but now we fight for pro­mo­tion to the Super League.

“I don’t think about scor­ing goals for my­self, I think about the team. If the team per­form well then I am happy. I’m not a self­ish player, I think about my team first.”

Af­ter three-time cham­pi­ons KL were drawn with Super League sides Perak, Felda United and PKNS in Group B of the Malaysia Cup, De Paula is ex­cited to get a chance to play in a tour­na­ment he loves.

The Brazil­ian for­ward lifted the Malaysia Cup tro­phy with Se­lan­gor in 2015 and fin­ished as top scorer with seven goals for Po­lice last year.

“I have good mem­o­ries of the Malaysia Cup,” he said. “I was top scorer last year and I won the tour­na­ment with Se­lan­gor. I think this year KL can go far.

“It’s a very dif­fi­cult group be­cause all the teams have good lo­cal play­ers but we will fight to qual­ify (for the quar­ter-fi­nals).

De Paula’s half-dozen goals, how­ever, did not come close to the all-time record of 10 held by Tan Sri Ghani Min­hat in a 1961 FAM Cup match when Se­lan­gor trounced Ke­lan­tan 190, which is also a record Malaysian foot­ball score­line. Devin­der Singh


Kuala Lumpur’s Guil­herme De Paula drib­bles past Armed Forces goal­keeper Hafizud­din Azuhar in their Premier League match in Se­layang on Tues­day. Kuala Lumpur won 6-0.

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