Zaquan, Aidil in talks with Johor FC

Twin brothers Zaquan Adha and Aidil Zafuan could be set to leave Malaysia Premier League champions ATM for Super League outfit Johor FC.

Football News: Aidil Zafuan, Zaquan Adha

By Gabriel Tan

Both players, who joined the Armed Forces at the start of the year from Negri Sembilan, enjoyed a successful season as they helped their team win promotion to the Super League, as well as make the final of the Malaysia Cup, where they lost to Kelantan 3-2 in extra-time last Saturday.

However, it appears they will not be extending their stay at the Majlis Perbandaran Selayang Stadium after Christopher Raj, spokesman for ATM, announced on Tuesday morning via his Twitter account that both players will be wearing the colours of Johor FC in 2013.

Zaquan has since moved to deny a transfer had been completed but admits he and his older brother are in talks with the Bees.

"Our contracts are still being discussed so nothing is confirmed so far," he told ESPNSTAR.com in an exclusive interview.

Nonetheless, the Malaysia international was quick to express his gratitude for all the support he has been shown in the past year, and insists he is now only focused on earning a spot in national team coach K. Rajagobal's squad for the upcoming AFF Suzuki Cup.

"I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone back at ATM," Zaquan added. "We are very thankful for the experience with the team, fans and our coach who has helped us in the best way possible.

"My personal aim right now is to work as hard as I can to get a place in the team for the upcoming Suzuki Cup.

"I failed to get into the team last season so now I am going to work hard for it. I want to be able to contribute to the country."

When asked about Zaquan and Aidil's prospective departures, ATM coach B. Sathianathan was quick to wish the players the best of luck but insisted life at the Armed Forces will have to go on without them.

"I am not sure how far along they are with their contract discussions right now, but I am still going to wish them to best of luck," he said.

"Many people are comparing us to [Barclays Premier League champions] Manchester City because we are strong in terms of funding but it has proven otherwise as we have our own limitations as well.

"Still, we will fight to the top of the Super League next season and losing both players will not be a big problem."

Zaquan and Aidil aren't the only players being linked with a move away from ATM, with 35-year-old striker Marlon Alex James admitting he was unsure about his future following the Malaysia Cup final defeat.



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