Safiq eager to fire JDT into AFC Champions League

Safiq Rahim said he will do everything in his power to help Johor Darul Ta’zim qualify for the AFC Champions League next year.

Johor have tried to book a spot in the tournament in the last two years, but have come up short in the preliminary round on both occasions as they lost to Bangkok Glass 3-0 in 2014 and Muang Thong United in a penalty shootout last year.

This time around, Johor will have to get past Bangkok United on January 31 if they want to take the first step towards qualifying for the AFC Champions League.

Should they emerge victorious, the Malaysian side will then have to take on the fourth-placed team from the J.League.

“I think it is every Malaysian footballers dream to play in the ACL, including mine of course,” Safiq said. “It is not impossible to play there, and the players are prepared to give everything to play among the best teams in Asia.”

Meanwhile, Safiq hinted that he could return to the national team next year even though he announced his retirement from international football in June this year.

“There is a possibility that could happen, but for now the focus is on JDT,” the 29-year-old said. “We are working hard to prepare for the new season and want to hit the ground running as soon as possible.”