Kedah FA’s firepower is only about to get more lethal after the club confirmed the signing of Brazilian hitman Paulo Rangel from Thai side Nakhon Ratchasima on Wednesday.
“Congratulations Paulo Rangel and welcome to the team,” read the caption from the club’s official Instagram page.
Rangel could make his debut when Kedah face his former club Selangor FA on Saturday, and the forward’s arrival is set to boost the Red Eagles’ prowess in front of goal even further.
Nidzam Adzha’s men co-lead the league goalscoring charts after finding the net 24 times in 11 games.
Coupled with Rangel’s impeccable strike rate in the Malaysian Super League, the northern side will surely be confident of climbing the table from fifth.
In his four seasons in Malaysia from 2013-2016, Rangel struck 54 times in total with Perak FA, Selangor, Terengganu FA and Johor Darul Ta’zim II.
The heavily-tattooed forward briefly returned home to play for Brazilian side Londrina in 2017, before Nakhon came calling in the second half of 2017.
The 33-year-old leaves the Thai League 1 side having scored 16 goals in 31 appearances.
Prior to his arrival, Kedah chief executive officer Yusdi Madeonus Mohamad Yunus told FOX Sports Asia the decision to sign Rangel came after consultation from the coaches and players alike.
Besides Rangel, Kedah are also set to sign Kelantan FA goalkeeper Ramadhan Hamid.
Ramadhan who didn’t get much playing time with the Red Warriors will be released by Kelantan in the coming days.
The 24-year-old will most likely play back-up to Kedah’s first choice Ifwat Akmal.
Before Rangel arrived, Kedah had dropped Spanish striker Pablo Pallares, who angered many of the Kedah fans due to his profligacy.
Pallares had only scored three times and left the club after five months.
Kedah have missed a prolific goalscorer like Rangel since Ken Ilso left in 2017, having scored 25 goals in all competitions.