Adi Said’s former club UiTM FC return to Malaysia league action

Fadhil Yunus

Adi Said’s former club UiTM FC returned to competitive action in the Malaysia Super League 2020 recently following an enforced break due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The newly promoted Lion Troops sealed a 1-0 win against Felda United at the Tun Abdul Razak Stadium to climb to fifth in the table.

Philippines international Mark Hartmann netted the only goal of the game in the 39th minute after meeting a fine cross from midfielder Shafiq Al-Hafiz.

Adi Said, who currently plays for Kota Ranger FC, spent the first half of last season with UiTM FC, making him the first Bruneian footballer to play for an overseas team in a professional league.

The forward generated interest following his exploits in the Singapore Premier League the previous season after recording 11 goals and a league high of 10 assists alongside Albirex Niigata’s (S) Riku Moriyasu.

Adi Said with his Kota Rangers teammates. PHOTO: FADHIL YUNUS

The Brunei international made an immediate impact to his former club UiTM FC after scoring twice in his Malaysia Premier League debut en route to a 3-1 win against PDRM FA at the Selayang Municipal Council Stadium.

Adi announced his arrival in Malaysian football in style having taken only 20 seconds to get his name in the score-sheet before doubling his old side’s lead just before the break.

He contributed with numerous assists to the club and helped them to the top of the table with a 2-1 win over Sarawak last May.

The club’s coaches also recognised his threat in set-pieces and assigned him to take corner

kicks duties. However, Adi’s time with UiTM FC came to an end after parting ways with the club few days after the match.

He left the Lion Troops with two goals to his name and six assists in 13 league appearances.

Adi re-joined DPMM FC in the Singapore Premier League for his second spell and won the league title having played an instrumental role in the club’s title run.

Earlier this season, Adi bagged a hat-trick for his new club Kota Ranger FC in a 3-1 win against MS ABDB in the curtain raiser Sumbangsih Cup.

The forward has already scored twice in the currently-interrupted Brunei Super League this season as his side lead the 16-member table with six points.

UiTM FC are scheduled to take on Pahang in their next league game this Saturday.