Nur­fais has a good fu­ture, says Zainal

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just two matches, young winger Nur­fais Jo­hari has made head­lines by scor­ing a goal and mak­ing two as­sists for Pe­nang.

Nur­fais, who turns 19 on March 27, has re­warded coach Zainal Abidin Has­san’s faith in his abil­ity by mak­ing an im­me­di­ate im­pact in his de­but sea­son.

Af­ter mak­ing sev­eral sub­sti­tute ap­pear­ances since the start of 2018, Nur­fais was handed his first start against Po­lice in an FA Cup sec­ond round match on March 4.

An en­cour­ag­ing per­for­mance in Shah Alam in Pe­nang’s 3-1 win led to another start against Jo­hor Darul Ta’zim II in a Premier League match in Batu Kawan on March 9 when he scored the first goal in his team’s 2-0 vic­tory.

“We brought Nur­fais to train with the first team last year af­ter notic­ing his tal­ent al­though he did not play,” said Zainal.

“He did very well in train­ing and we de­cided to in­clude him in some games this year. He has a very good at­ti­tude and af­ter a brief run as a sub­sti­tute, I felt he was ready to start.

“The goal he scored will give him con­fi­dence in the fu­ture al­though he has a lot to im­prove.”

“Nur­fais has a good fu­ture and will be a good as­set for Pe­nang,” added Zainal.

“He has to show he can do it in big­ger matches.

“He is still young and has good en­durance so he has to make full use of this op­por­tu­nity.”

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