By ESPNSTAR.com staff
2012 was a season to forget for the Red Giants as they once again came up short in their bid to win a trophy, finishing third in the Malaysia Super League behind champions Kelantan and LIONSXII, before being eliminated from the Malaysia Cup at the semi-final stage.
In a real statement of their intent, Selangor have since secured the services of a staggering 11 new faces, including Liberian striker Francis Forkey Doe and Malaysia international S. Kunanlan from Terengganu and Negri Sembilan respectively.
While Malaysia captain Safiq Rahim is widely expected to leave the club for ambitious Super League side Johor, who are expected to be a real threat next season, the likes of Amri Yahyah, Asraruddin Putra Omar, Bunyamin Umar and Lebanon international Ramez Dayoub have been retained, meaning coach Irfan Bakti will have one of the strongest squads to work.
And although the Red Giants faithful are starting to get slightly impatient at the team's failure to win anything since 2010, Selangor FA secretary Datuk Hamidin Mohd Amin is confident that will change come the new campaign.
"The newcomers are all quality signings picked solely by Irfan," he told the New Straits Times. "I believe we can win at least one title in 2013."
"We hope that by giving Irfan full control of Selangor, he can help the team make an impression."
Hamidin also revealed that both Safiq and fellow midfielder Azidan Sarudin were given the chance to stay at the Shah Alam Stadium, but decided to leave for a new challenge.
"Safiq and Azidan Sarudin were offered extensions but the duo decided to pack their bags," he added.
Apart from Doe and Kunanlan, other new faces expected to make an impact for Selangor next season include ex-Harimau Muda duo Mahalli Jasuli and V. Kavichelvan, former Terengganu midfield general Abdul Shukor Jusoh, and towering striker Afiq Azmi, who played a key role in Kelantan's recent Malaysia Cup triumph while on loan from Kuala Lumpur.