Fandi: Darul Takzim stars are a dream

Johor Darul Takzim boss Fandi Ahmad admits the side he will take charge of in the 2013 Malaysia Super League season is a dream come true for any manager.

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Darul Takzim, who were previously known as Johor FC, unveiled their new signings for the upcoming season on Monday, which included a plethora of Malaysia internationals in Safee Sali, Safiq Rahim, Norshahrul Idlan Talaha, Aidil Zafuan, Azmi Muslim and Zaquan Adha.

Harimau Selatan have also captured two impressive foreign signings in Dani Guiza, who was part of the Spain side that won Euro 2008, and ex-Lazio star Simone Del Nero, and many are already tipping to challenge for the title.

While he admits he will have a talented group of players to work with in 2013, Fandi insists is important they play as a team and not as individuals.

"This is a challenge for me and I think it's also a good headache to have," he said. "To have a team like this is a dream for any coach, not only me.

"For me, every player has to follow instructions and most importantly be disciplined and have good teamwork.

"These players [unveiled at Monday's press conference] are not necessarily in the first XI. All the players in this team deserve the chance to fight for their place.

"They are all professionals so they know what needs to be done."

Tunku Ismail, the president of Johor Football Association (Johor FA) echoed his coach's sentiments and revealed his goal of making Darul Takzim one of the biggest teams in Southeast Asia.

"I am very happy with the team we have now," he added. "What Fandi and I see is not who is in the team, but the objective of the team as a whole.

"Our objective is to put Johor at the top and to be recognised in the country and in Southeast Asia. Fandi and I discussed this 12 months ago.

"I think Johor are blessed to have these quality players. However, they must remember that this is not a place for a holiday where they can sit around and receive their salary every month.

"We all have one objective which is to work hard. We should also show good attitude on and off the field so that we can set a good example for the other teams.

"The players should play for the name on the front of their jerseys, and not the one on the back."

Darul Takzim get their league campaign underway with a trip to newly-promoted Pahang.

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