Tuesday, May 6, 2008

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FAILURE is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.
KL Plus skipper Nazrulerwan Makmor is sure he’s not the only subscribing to these words of wisdom.
Days after his team’s 3-2 loss to Kuala Muda Naza handed the northern side the Premier League title, Nazrul or Badot to his friends, reviewed the season with renewed optimism, insisting the team managed to secure a spot in the Super League next season.
“We may have lost the league title but we count our blessings because we earned promotion to the top-flight. Basically we met the management’s target though we came out short on the final day,” he said.
The former national defender, who played in the Islamic Games in Saudi Arabia in 2005 but was never utilised even as a substitute in the Asian Cup in 2007, attributed to KL Plus’ promotion to coach Mat Zan Mat Aris.
“He does not tolerate players who think they are bigger than the team. He puts team ethics above everything else. Discipline is of course of utmost importance.
“Even some of our foreigners have been fined RM50 for being late five minutes for a training session,” said Nazrul who formed the backbone to Selangor’s treble success in 2005.
While giving credit to KL Plus foreigners Tercio Nunez, Adrian Trinidad and Alex Agbo for redeeming the team’s pride after finishing as wooden-spoonists last season, Nazrul was also quick to point out the progress made by the local lads.
The team gelled, said Nazrul, because of the ability to work together and backed by a professional management.
It is said that the Plus management gave an ultimatum early in the season to the players to perform and in the event of three defeats in succession, the top-earners in the team would have to go.
“The club is professionally run and the results can be seen on the pitch. I think contribution from players like Reeshafiq Alwi, S. Sumindran and Lot Abu Hassan cannot be underestimated,” said Nazrul.
There has been talk of impending changes as Mat Zan bids to form a strong team to adapt to the Super League next season but Nazrul declines to comment on his future.
“I’m proud to be part of this team but we have one-year contracts with KL Plus.”


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