Azkals Misagh Bahadoran axed by Perak after Mehmet loses patience

Nicolas Anil Nicolas Anil

Philippines national team striker Misagh Bahadoran has been axed by Malaysia Super League club Perak FA.

Philippines international Misagh Bahadoran’s miserable stint with Perak FA finally came to an end after the club decided to terminate his services after failing to perform since signing in January.

“As an import player he is supposed to contribute to the team, but what’s the use if his quality is the same as the local players,” Perak head coach Mehmet Durakovic told Berita Harian.

“Enough is enough. I have given him sufficient opportunities to prove himself, and have taken criticism from the fans because I defended him. I am not blind, but due to some restraints I couldn’t do anything.”

The former Global Cebu man had arrived at the Bos Gaurus earlier this year with hope of adding pace, power and quality to this improving side.

But Bahadoran never settled, and he was comprehensively overshadowed by Perak’s two Brazilian imports Gilmar Jose and Wander Luiz.

Both the forward’s goals actually helped Bahadoran stay with the team longer, as Perak were winning matches to stay within sight of league leaders Johor Darul Ta’zim.

Durakovic is also a coach who hardly ever tinkers with his team unless he has to, so Bahadoran’s exit was nothing more than a failed stint.

The footballer, who is also a qualified dentist, will now most likely head back to the Philipines, with the Malaysia transfer window set to close in a week.

In total, Bahadoran had made no more than six appearances for Perak before he was cut.

The demands for foreigners who play in the Malaysian league is they must be significantly better than the locals.

If they fail to perform after two or three months, the likelihood of them being cut is high.

Cambodia stars Chan Vathanaka and Keo Sokpheng are some of the high profile names to have already exited the Malaysia Super League.

Selangor were also touted to release their Indonesian imports Ilham Armaiyn and Evan Dimas, but the management were put off with the high compensation and reluctantly retained them.