Tuesday, October 29, 2013


Johor Claims Shahril

SINGAPORE — It looks like LionsXII skipper Shahril Ishak will join Malaysian Premier League side Johor FA and play in the second-tier of the Malaysian football league next season.

At a press conference yesterday in Johor Baru, Johor Football Association President Ismail Idris, who is also the Crown Prince of Johor, announced that the 29-year-old striker will be meeting him next week to put pen to paper.

“Shahril will be signing the contract next week,” he said. “His dedication and determination are why we want him to join us next season. He will be a role model, a source of inspiration and an icon to the younger players in the Johor FA team.”

The announcement means that two LionsXII players will be plying their trade with Johor FA next season. Defender Baihakki Khaizan is believed to have already signed with the club although the 29-year-old has so far declined comment whenever he is asked about it.

When contacted yesterday, Shahril told TODAY that he is still considering offers from several clubs. “The truth is I haven’t put my signature on any contract,” he said.

Johor FA sources say that the duo have been advised to keep mum about their moves until they are officially unveiled by the club

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