Farid: My best is yet to come!

KOTA KINABALU: The best is yet to come from Sabah’s sole hired ‘hitman’ Mohd Farid Ideris.

The lanky striker, who is the only ‘stranger’ in the Sabah squad that comprises an all local side, insists the home fans are yet to see the best of him.

“I think I’m not at my best yet,” Farid said.

“There will be more to come,” he added.

But Farid said it will take time before he could really unleash his talent or rather scoring prowess.

When met at the team’s training at field B in Likas yesterday, he said: “I’ve just recovered from a hamstring injury, but I’m feeling much better now.”

“I’m happy with the way things are going. I think I have made an improvement from game to game. Now it is only a matter of working hard everyday to regain my best form.

With seven strikers in the team, Farid admitted that it will be a big challenge for him to fight for a place in the first team.

He said the only way for him or any of the other strikers to be in the first team is to perform and score goals for the team.

“It will not be easy to be in the first team and play week in week out because there are so many strikers fighting for a place in the first team. The only thing that we need to do is to perform well, score goals and contribute to the team.

“It’s a tough competition, but a healthy one though. It will only make you work hard in training and try to do the best you can in matches.

And Farid said he is fast forgetting about his home state Johor as he found out that he has friendly teammates.

“I need time to adapt to the new life, but I think it is not a big problem because I already feel like at home now. It is all because the players surrounding me are very friendly and it makes it easy for me to get into the team and adapt to life in Sabah,” said Farid.

On his personal target, Farid said it will be his ultimate aim to help guide the team to promotion.

“It is my duty to help the team realise its target. I mean every one of us is obliged to do the best we can for the team. And I really hope that it will be a good ending for us at the end of the season.

The former national Under-23 striker is not setting any goal-target.

He said: “I only hope to score as many goals as possible, and it is my aim to score goals in every match I play and the very least I could do is to try and do the best I can and contribute to the team.”

Last season, Farid scored 15 goals for his former team Johor FC – 11 in the Super League and four in the Malaysia Cup.

But this season, Farid found out that the going gets tough in the Premier League and he only managed to score one goal after five matches into the season.

He scored his first goal for his new side by nodding home the second goal in the 4-0 drubbing of Premier League new boys Johor MP Muar on Friday.

And he insists that the goal will only spur him to get more goals in the near future.

Glancing at his playing background, Farid, 27, began his professional career with Johor when he was 19 years old.

He stayed loyal to his home state and played for them for eight long seasons before being lured by Johor FC where he played for the club side for two seasons prior to joining Sabah!

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