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Soccer Friday: Safuwan prepares for Pahang but dreams of A-League return

Jakarta   /   Fri, December 8 2017   /  01:09 am

He will join Malaysian giants Pahang for the 2018 season, but there’s more than a hint that Safuwan Baharudin’s eye is continuing to wander toward leagues beyond Southeast Asia.

The former Melbourne City utility player will link up with former national coach Dollah Salleh in Kuantan in what many see as a dream move.

Dollah, an attack-minded coach who has been a long-time admirer of Singapore’s Safuwan, took Pahang to the FA Cup final last season, and second place in the Malaysia Super League (MSL).

Signing from second-tier PDRM, Safuwan will play in front of big home crowds, and easily slot into a successful side hell-bent on rivalling four-time defending champions Johor Darul Ta’zim.

Even so, 26-year-old Safuwan believes that his successful A-League stint in 2015 — on-loan from Singapore’s LionsXII — means that a return to Australia as an AFC im...