In safe, better hands

AZIZON … enjoys his first day of training with the team at the Likas Stadium yesterday.
KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah FA is set to sign former national goalie Azizon Abdul Kadir as they wasted no time in getting a replacement for outgoing custodian Harold John.

In fact the FA has got their man in town, and now it is only a matter of time before everything is finalised, as the FA first wants to have a good look at the Batu Gajah, Perak-born Azizon.

“He will attend a one-week trial with the team, before we sit down again,” said Sabah FA Secretary General Alijus after meeting with Azizon together with the FA Treasurer AR Haji Shahriman Abdullah at the FA’s office in Likas here yesterday.


“He (Azizon) is a free agent now, so there won’t be any major obstacle in signing him,” he added.

Azizon, 30, was left team-less after his previous team Kuala Muda Naza pulled out from competing in the ongoing Premier League at the eleventh hour.

Harold’s imminent departure is kind of a blessing in disguise, for both the Sabah FA as well as Azizon.

And why not, as while having a heavy heart in releasing their No 1 custodian, they will get an experienced hand in return in Azizon, who has international experience.

As for Azizon, he was playing for a club in a local league in Perak before this opportunity came that would eventually give him the chance to ply his trade in a better and bigger league.

“If everything is okay, everything will be settled by the weekend or early next week,” said Alijus.

Alijus also revealed that they have contacted the FA of Malaysia about their intention to hire a new goalkeeper.

“Although the registration for new players has closed and the transfer window is not open yet, but the FAM has given us the nod to sign a new player. This is a special case and furthermore, each team needs to have at least three goalkeepers.

“So now, as long as we can provide a letter (Harold’s offer letter from the Police), then we have no problem in signing a new player,” Alijus said.

Azizon, on the other hand, who has yet to pen any contract has vowed to give his level best and help Sabah’s cause in their mission – Super League promotion.

“My mission is to give my best and help Sabah do well in the Premier League,” said Azizon, who is also determined to give it a good shot at getting a national call up.

Azizon, a father of two, attended his first training only hours after his arrival yesterday.

In fact he is not really a stranger in the eyes of the Sabah FA, as he was twice lured to sign for Sabah.

He was first offered to don Sabah colours in 2004. The following year, Sabah FA offered him again, but on both occasions, he turned down the lucrative offers as he was still under contract.

Glancing at his background, the father of two began his professional career with Melaka way back in 2001.

He played for Melaka for four years before signing for Negeri Sembilan, and played for the Deers from 2005 to 2007. He then joined Kuala Muda Naza.

He was also the national goalkeeper from 2001 to 2007.

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