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May 2044

Fixtures

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League Table

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Manager's Thoughts

It was bit of a rough month both on and off the pitch during May.On the pitch we picked up eleven points from eighteen in the league which has kept us at the top of the table but we do only have a one point lead over Selangor.Some of the problem was injuries and suspensions mounting up towards the end of May,the game against Pahang which we lost saw us missing seven first team regulars.I am still really happy with our league performance as we are in a title fight with six games to go.

Just the three games in June,one in the league and two in the Piala FA Malaysia.In the league we are facing Kuala Limpur,hopefully we can get a win here as we are running out of games as there are six games remaining and we need a win to put the pressure on the chasing teams.In the Piala FA Malaysia we are facing Johor Darul Ta'zim,it's a two legged game and I am expecting it to be very difficult but they have been underachieving in the league so it is possible that we could beat them.

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4 minutes ago, Sonic Youth said:

Tight race in Malaysia, though looking good for your first season in charge. Definitely a good base to build from.

The good news for June is that we beat Kuala Lumpur while Selangor dropped points against Pahang so we now have a three point gap with five games to go!

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June 2044

Fixtures

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League Table

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Manager's Thoughts

Our one league game went great as we easily beat the league's whipping boys 3-0,the gap has now increased to three points after Selangor dropped points against Pahang so that increased the good news for us during June.As for the Piala FA Malaysia,we fell just short against Johor Darul Ta'zim as we lost 4-3 on aggregate,the 91st minute goal we conceded in the first leg turned out to be vital which is a tad annoying but I am happy from the performance in the competition.

July brings us six games in total,five in the league and one in the Piala Malaysia.In the league we have two very tough games as we finish our season Johor Darul Ta'zim and Selangor and if it remains this close then it will go right down to the wire.Even though Johor Darul Ta'zim are eight points behind us with five games to go,they cannot be ruled out as they are the inform side at the moment and are unbeaten in the last eight games in all competitions.We need to pick up maximum points in the first three games of the month to guarantee us a top three finish but we really are in for a tight finish.In the Piala Malaysia we are facing Sabah FA,it turns out this competition starts in a group stage before going to knockouts,the board just want us to be competitive so I think we can do that.

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July 2044

Fixtures

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Tables

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Manager's Thoughts

We won the league title which is quite the shock as we were not exactly brilliant in July,we picked up ten points from fifteen which was enough to see us over the finish line.We actually wrapped the title up in the draw against Johor Darul Ta'zim and we finished the season off in style as we thrashed Selangor.Of the wins.there only one I am not sure how we won was the 4-3 victory against Kedah as the opposition managed twice as many shots as us.The Piala Malaysia hasn't started very well but we stlll have five more games to play so qulification is definitely possible as the top two qualify for the next round.

Five games in August and all of them are in the Piala Malaysia,I would love to finish in the top two to qualify for the next stage but the board are fine with us being competitive but I generally believe we can qualify but we need to play a lot better than we did in the defeat to Sabah.

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Youth Intake 2044

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The Hot Prospects (Based off Current Ability)

Aminuddin Abdullah

Kim Andre Rajkumar

Mohd Farhan Ramlee

Mohd Khairul Ahmad

Manager's Thoughts

This has to go down as my most annoying intake I have ever had in this save,usually I just post a selection based off the best ones but this is my entire intake rated at 5* PA,obviously it doesn't mean anything as looking at Current Ability and Potential Ability in the screenshots,the players are actually nearly at full potential so it's a case of wait and see what happens as I generally don't have a clue.The only one I do know what I am doing with is Aminuddin Abdullah as he will be retrained as a DL as he is only competent in that position.

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August 2044

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Table

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Manager's Thoughts

All games were in the Piala Malysia in which we won all four games as we finished the month at the top of the table which means we have qualified for the quarter finals with a game to spare.We had no problems in the first two games which included a 12-1 thrashing of KL Rovers who are the groups whipping boys as they also conceded seven against Kelantan at the end of the month.The hardest game for us was against Sabah FA,we one by a single goal which came after they were reduced to ten men.

We have three games in September but I only know who we are facing in one of the games,the only game I know who we are facing is KL Rovers in the last group game,I am hoping we can win by five goals just to send them to -30 goal difference.The quarter finals are also in September but I have no idea who we are facing but we have exceeded expectations so anything we do now is a bonus.

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September 2044

Fixtures

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Table

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Manager's Thoughts

We finished off the group stage with a straight forward 5-1 win against KL Rovers which means we topped the group.The quarter-finals saw us drawn against divisional rivals Negeri Sembilan,it was a two tight games but we got through with a 3-1 aggregate win,it was a bit close but we are through to the semi-finals which is a great achievement.

October sees us play twice in the Piala Malaysia,both games are the semi-final stage and we will be facing Johor Darul Ta'zim,this is easily the most difficult tie we could have got as we have not beaten them in any of the three match ups this season.This maybe one case where our best may not be good enough but we will give it a good go as surprises can happen.

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October 2044

Fixtures

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Manager's Thoughts

Johor Darul Ta'zim really are my bogey team,another two games against them and another two games without a win gainst them.We were actually 45 minutes away from going to the final but we then bottled the second half of the second leg as we conceded four and got knocked out.At least I can no longer lose to them for a few months.

End of Season update to follow then who knows what will happen.

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Melaka - Astro Liga Super Malaysia - End of Season - 2044

Season Review

Transfers - Released - Youth

I was only responsible for three transfers and they were Khairul Roslan.Chua Jiawen and Muhd Syafiq Hussein.Roslan and Hussein were bought in to add depth to the left side of midfield as we only had one player in that position when I took over.Chua Jiawen added more to the team up front and he was bought in as our foreign Asian player as we had no one occupying that spot,there wasn't a lot I could do as there isn't much quality in Malaysia and the better players in the country are being hoarded by Selangor and Johor Darul Ta'zim.

Fixtures 1 - 2

Competitions

Astro Liga Super Malaysia - Winners

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Over the moon with this as the club was actually a newly promoted side,so to win the title and get entry into the Champions League is a massive plus but I know I will need to add to the team if we are to retain it next season.As you can see we have a lot of room for improvement in regards to the attendance but hopefully our success this season will increase it which means more money coming into the club.

Piala FA Malaysia - Semi-Finals

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We had a good run in the Piala FA Malaysia as we were expected to reach the quarter finals and we got to the semi-finals instead.It was pretty close over two legs against Johor Darul Ta'zim but we ended up losing 4-3 on aggregate.No shame in losing to the strongest team in Malaysia.

Piala Malaysia - Semi-Finals

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Another good run in the cup as we exceeded the board's expectations.Once again we made it to the semi-final where we were once again knocked out by Johor Darul Ta'zim,this was a more embarrassing exit as we were 1-0 at half time in the second leg and we lost 4-1 which gave us a 6-3 aggregate defeat.

Players,Stats and Awards

Overall Best XI

Best XI - Accolades 1 - 2

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Chua Jiawen

Mohd Hafizi Rusdi

Toh Shao Han

Khairul Roslan

Azizul Zullkifli

Manager's Thoughts

Over the moon with how we performed in all competitions this season as we won the title and reached the semi-final in both domestic cups but this leaves me with the ultimate question of how we can improve the team,the reason why I am asking is that there is very little quality in Malaysia and the players who could improve the team are at the bigger sides who have better facilities than we do.Hopefully winning the league will increase the club's reputation enough so we can attract better players as next season will be a lot harder to manage due to playing in the Champions League.Malaysia is one of the nations where I will need sustained success to eventually get the money which can lead to upgrades at the club.

As for next season,the board want us to avoid relegation against whereas I want us to finsh in the top three so we get more continental football for money purposes.I will be trying to strengthen the team as I know what needs improving, getting it done is another thing as we have had minimal increases to the transfer and wage budget,I get the feeling Malaysia will be the first country where I may have to move to another club in the country to get it done quicker,if I did leave then there would only be three possible destinations and they are Sabah,Selangor and Johor Darul Ta'zim,these three have the best setups in the country and get the better players through,Johor Darul Ta'zim have the best setup and as they say...if you can't beat them join them!

Career Stats

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Melaka - Astro Liga Super Malaysia - Pre-Season - 2045

Season Preview - Expectations

Transfers - Released - Youth

Two players were released as Musamali wanted too much money and Noor was past his best and declining at a fast pace.We bought two players in which we actually paid a fee for a player,we paid £15k for Ahmad who will be our first choice ML in the upcoming season while Husin comes in on a free and he will be playing the DC role but he can also play DM and MC so it's great to get a player with good versatility at this level.

Pre-Season Fixtures

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Not a bad pre-season overall as we went unbeaten which should help keep morale up going into the new season and we have pretty good match sharpness ahead of the opening day so I couldn't ask for anymore for pre-season.

The Team

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Key Players

Chua Jiawen

Aminuddin Azizul

Arindam Roy

M. El Mourakchi

Afiq Ahmad

Manager's Thoughts

We got two players in which was great but I did want to get more in but we had the issue of takeover talks which fell through in the end so that was a bit annoying but I am confident we have a stronger squad than we did last season so that is a plus,if I do need to fill a position then we do have another foreign spot free as we released one of the foreign players in November.I do think I should get another DC in using the foreign spot as that is a weaker area when it comes to primary positions.Can't really do much more due to the poor financial position we are as we currently sit at £115k in the red so I am hoping we can get more money in from playing in the Champions League which means there is a chance we can get back into the black.

As for this season,the board's expectations is to avoid relegation and I am really confident that we can do that,what I am aiming for is at least top three as we are going to need continental football as much as possible so we can keep the cash flow up.The season opener is a bit weird,as ourselves and Johor Darul Ta'zim are playing each other in a game which is a combination of the league and a cup,the winner gets a trophy and three points and loser will be cursing for a while,hopefully we can get redemption against them and break our duck.Time to see if we can avoid second season syndrome.

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January 2045

Fixtures

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Tables

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Manager's Thoughts

On the plus side we have made an unbeaten start to the season and we sit t the top of the table although we have played a game more than the majority of teams.The downside of the month was failing to beat Johor Darul Ta'zim again and this time we couldn't even beat ten men,they really are the bane of my existence.Even though the game was a draw,for some bizarre reason it declared us both the champions which is weird.

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February brings us four game at the minute but I am certain it will be more due to the Champions League starting.At the minute we play three league games and one Piala FA Malaysia game.I would like us to be among the top teams come the end of the month as I want to be challenging for the title against while I want progress in the Piala FA Malaysia due to the fact we are facing a team in the legue below.As for the Champions League,I don't even know who we are facing yet so that is a case of wait and see.

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February 2045

Fixtures

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Tables

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Manager's Thoughts

I'm really happy with two wins and a draw in the league as that keeps us among the teams fighting around the top of the table,I'm also really happy with how we played and progressed in the Piala FA Malaysia against UKM.As for Continental football,despite losing both games I am really happy with how we played as we made the opposition fight for their wins as I know at this current moment in time,we are no match for either team and it will be a few years before I can even expect to beat anyone from South Korea or Japan as the quality difference is massive although underdog victories can happen so it is possible at this stage.

Just the three games in March,we play Pahang in the league,Keleantan in the Piala FA Malaysia and Buriram Utd in the Champions League.We should have more than enough about us to beat Pahang in the league but as long as we avoid defeat then it won't be too much of a disaster.The Piala FA Malaysia is a tricky tie as like ourselves they are unbeaten so our best will be needed if we are to progress further like the board wanted.As for the Champions League,even though we are travelling to Thailand to face Buriram Utd,I do believe that we can beat them and record our first win in the Champions League based off both team's performances against Suwon Bluewings and Kashima Antlers.

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March 2045

Fixtures

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Tables

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Manager's Thoughts

March was a month of trips so we made no money via gate receipts which is a bit annoying.In the league we drew with Pahang,I am disappointed in this result as we were easily the better team but we failed when it mattered the most as we squandered too many chances and the disallowed goal in the 88th minute just added to my misery as we dropped down to second place.Champions League saw us win our first game in the ACL quite comfortably as we ran out 3-1 winners,what a great feeling it was!Most of the action in March was in the Piala FA Malaysia as we knocked out Kelantan in the third round before a 6-1 first leg win against Perak has put us in a very solid position to qualify for the semi-final.

April sees business pick up as we play seven times,four in the league,two in the Champions League and one in the Piala FA Malaysia.We do have very trick game in the league as we will be facing Selangor which is the last team in the top four we have to face,I am quite confident we will still be in the race for the title come the end of the month.In the Champions League we are facing Suwon Bluewings and Kashima Antlers,I don't think we will be able to do much against Suwon but I believe we could get something against Kashima Antlers based off our last game against them and we have home advantage this time.The Piala FA Mlaysia sees us face Perak in the second leg,we already have one foot in the semi-final but I want a professional performance int eh second leg to ensure we get through.

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April 2045

Fixtures

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Tables

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Manager's Thoughts

We picked up seven points from twelve in the league which is a very disappointing return as we shot ourselves in the foot at the end of the month and now we are in danger of falling out of the top three as Johor Darul Ta'zim have a game in hand on us.All these dropped points are biting us in the ass at the minute and we need to step it up or we are going to lose out on continental football next season.The Champions League was a very bright spot as we beat Kashima Antlers despite being the second best team in the match,that result is probably the biggest in the clubs history.No problems in the Piala FA Malaysia as we disposed of Perak with very little problem,

We play another six times in May,five in the league and one in the Champions League.We really need to step our performances up in the league as we are in danger of throwing away our hard work with recent performances.This month will also sees us face our bogey team Johor Darul Ta'zim,we haven't beat them in seven games but we really need to beat them now as a potential spot in a continental tournament could be the prize at the end of the season,if we slip up again them it may be problematic.In the Champions League we wrap the group stage up with a home tie against Buriram Utd,we can't qualify for the next round but I would like us to get the win just so we finish on a high.

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Youth Intake Preview

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A golden generation like last season,if it is like last season then this could be another one that gives me a headache due to how close the ability between the players in the intake actually was.The other talking point about this intake is the goalkeeper,I don't exactly need a goalkeeper right now but we will see what he is like as he could surprise me.

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May 2045

Fixtures

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League Table

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Managjust er's Thoughts

We are in atrocious form at the minutes as after May we have won one in eight in all competitions.The players are not performing to how I know they can perform and it is really frustrating as we have dropped points this month from a lot of stupidity.We are only six points behind top spot but the way we are playing at the moment leaves a lot to be desired but I can say this,this is the first real challenge I have had in any domestic league as I have to get the tactics spot on due to their being very little quality available in the country.

Four games in June,two in the league and two in the Piala FA Malaysia.In the league we are playing Pahang and Kedah,we really need to step up our performances as recent ones have been way off what I want and it is mainly down to the defence as four of the six players underperforming are the defenders.In the Piala FA Malaysia we are facing Kedah FA in the semi-final,this could be a welcomed distraction for us but the opposition are currently in solid form so we need to step it up if we are to progress to the final.

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June 2045

Fixtures

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League Table

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Manager's Thoughts

I am really pleased to see our form turn around in June as we have moved up to third thanks to the two wins in the league,I only have one person to thank for this and that is John Baptist Saravanan,he came through last season in the intake and he went and scored six times in two games,without his goals we would of only picked up one point.I am also really pleased with how we played in the Piala FA Malaysia as we knocked out Kedah to reach my first cup final at the club so I am looking forward to that.

We play seven times in July,five in the league,one in the Piala FA Malaysia and one in the Piala Malaysia.We have got a couple of games which could help determine where we finish as we will be playing both Perak and Selangor,if we can positive results against both teams then we stand a good chance of getting into the ACC.Unfortunately for us the title is in Johor Darul Ta'zim's hands,if they want to mess it up then that will be welcomed.We kick off the Piala Malaysia with a game against Perak,the board don't really care about the competition but I want to do well in it so I will be looking to win it.The big game of the month is the final of the Piala FA Malaysia,this will be the toughest match of the competition as it is against none other than Johor Darul Ta'zim,at least I know we will be going in as the underdogs for this match!

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July 2045

Fixtures

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Tables

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Manager's Thoughts

We did so well in July but we fell just short as we lost the title race by two points,I don't really have an issue with the loss against Perak as we were down to ten men and they did deserve the win as they took advantage of the numbers which is something anyone would do.On the plus side we have gotten into the ACC next season so that means more continental football for us which is a massive plus for our cash income.We opened up out Piala Malaysia campaign with a solid 3-1 win over Perak which is a vital result as the top two go through to the next stage so beating the bigger teams is key.The biggest talking point was our victory in the Piala FA Malaysia as we finally got one over Johor Darul Ta'zimm,it took a penalty shoot out for us to finall beat them but I don't care as we got our hand on some silverware.

Four more games in August,all of them are in the Piala FA Malaysia,I want us to be in the top two come the end of the month as that should of guaranteed us qualification.Hopefully we can carry on our streak against Selangor as we have become their bogey team much like Johor Darul Ta'zim are to us,our record against Selangor is 4-0-0 so hopefully we can avoid any losses to them.August will also see our next intake which has been labelled a golden generation,I would love to see any better quality players but with the state of our facilities,that is unlikley to happen.

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Youth Intake 2045

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Ang Kim Leng

Muhd Amirul Mohd Saudian

Muhd Faizal Musa

Firdaus Rahmat

Manager's Thoughts

Oh boy it's another one of these intakes where I don't actually have a clue at how they are until I see them play,all the players above will be getting signed with the top three of Ang Kim Leng,M.A.M.S and Muhd Faizal Musa all going straight into the first team once they are signed as they are more then good enough to be getting first team football at their age.Leng will probably become the youngest player in the clubs history as he is too good not to play.Out of the top four Rahmat is the only one I need to work on better,he is only natural in the AML role so he will need retraining in the ML role in which he is only accomplished.On paper it looks brilliant so I am quite excited to see how they do in the future.

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So close in the league, and a great result against your nemesis stopping them getting a double!

I find it hard to see your pictures (blurry), but it’s definitely another interest youth intake.

What are the other teams intakes and facilities like in Malaysia?

Onwards to another season of intriguing!

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2 hours ago, Sonic Youth said:

So close in the league, and a great result against your nemesis stopping them getting a double!

I find it hard to see your pictures (blurry), but it’s definitely another interest youth intake.

What are the other teams intakes and facilities like in Malaysia?

Onwards to another season of intriguing!

Technically we both have a double as there was a league and cup game  rolled into one and we were both declared the winners due to it being a draw :D 

I think that's my fault when I resize the pictures so I will leave them as they are in future.

For facilities,the best teams are Johor Darul Tazim (2.5* TF,2.5* YF),Sabah (2.5* TF,2* YF) and Selangor (2.5* TF and 3* YF).Any talent produced in Malaysia is at Johor Darul Ta'zim or Selangor as Sabah have never produced anyone of note.

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September 2045

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Table

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Manager's Thoughts

No problems in the Piala Malaysia as we won three out of the four games which means we have qualified for the next stage.I am a bit gutted about losing our run against Selangor but it was a very dull affair settled by one bit of magic.

We will have three games in September,we will be finishing our group stage off with a home tie against Protap before we then play the quarter final in September but I don't have a clue who we will be facing in that at this moment in time.

 

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September 2045

Fixtures

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Manager's Thoughts

We wrapped our group stage campaign up with a convincing 6-1 win against Protap,you could easily tell the difference between a top flight side and a side in the second tier.We played Penang in teh quarter finals,despite the score line in the second leg,both games were actually really comfortable as we ran out 6-2 aggregate winners.This means we now move onto the semi-final,wonder who will be facing....

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Anyone but them!!!

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October 2045

Fixtures

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Manager's Thoughts

I am over the moon with how we played in the semi-final as we finally got one over Johor Darul Ta'zim in ninety minutes as we ran out 4-1 aggregate winners, surprisingly it was my goalkeeper who got man of the match in our 3-0 win so that shows you how much we were up against it.As for the final,I am disappointed and upset,we were the better team throughout the entire game but our attackers let us down and it cost us in the end as Kedah won the Piala Malaysia thanks to a goal in extra time!

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7 hours ago, B.W.G said:

For facilities,the best teams are Johor Darul Tazim (2.5* TF,2.5* YF),Sabah (2.5* TF,2* YF) and Selangor (2.5* TF and 3* YF).Any talent produced in Malaysia is at Johor Darul Ta'zim or Selangor as Sabah have never produced anyone of note.

Hmm, it looks like teams need a minimum of 2.5* to produce any notable players.

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20 hours ago, Sonic Youth said:

Damn, so close. Is it the league now?

 

20 hours ago, Sonic Youth said:

Hmm, it looks like teams need a minimum of 2.5* to produce any notable players.

We have a couple of months off to see what I can do,I will need to release some players to get the wage budget under control.I

did make a mistake regarding players coming through as Sabah have got a very good left winger who came through so it looks like I need to get to at least 2* facilities as quick as possible if we are to make any progress in the future.

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Melaka - Astro Liga Super Malaysia - End of Season - 2046

Season Review

Transfers - Released - Youth

Two players were released as I needed to free up wages to bring more players in,these players were no longer good enough for the team despite what they were earning.Two players came in,we paid £15k for a left midfielder,I would rather not have paid but sometimes you have to pay a big fee to help improve the team.Husin came in on a free,he was a massive improvement on who we had in the DC role so I do thank Selangor for releasing him as it made it easier to sign him.

Fixtures 1 - 2 - 3

Competitions

Astro Liga Super Malaysia - 2nd Place

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We came so close to retaining our title but in the end we missed out by just the two points.The period which costs us the title was from mid-April to the end of May where we won one game in seven,if we had just won one more game there then we would have made it back to back but I am still pleased with how the team did as we were supposed to be fighting relegation!

Asian Champions League - Group Stage

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It was a pretty successful first attempt in the Champions League,despite finishing third we managed to pick up seven points which included a win over Japanese side Kashima Antlers.It gives us something to work on in the future as I want to be back in the Champions League in 2047.

Piala FA Malaysia - Winners

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I am over the moon to have won some silverware this season and it was a trophy the club had not won since 2028 so it has been a long time coming for the team.It was a solid run which ended in the best way possible as the final saw us beat Jorhor Darul Ta'zim on penalties to record my first win against them!

Piala Malaysia - Runners-Up

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It was another good run in the competition but we fell at the final hurdle this time around.We topped the group which has the second biggest team in Selangor and we even claimed the scalp of Johor Darul Ta'zim in the semi-finals thanks to our 3-0 win in the second leg.The final was a disaster as we lost 1-0 in extra time,we were better than Kedah for the game and we still ended up losing so it was just one of those days.

Players.Stats and Awards

Overall Best XI

Best XI - Accolades 1 - 2

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Chua Jiawen

Toh Shao Han

Azizul Zullkifli

Aminuddin Azizul

Haziq Zainuddin

Manager's Thoughts

Overall I will say it was a successful season as we lifted some silverware and came second in the league and runner up in another cup competition,not bad for a team who's aim was to avoid relegation again at the start of the season.The emergence of Saravanan up front helped us massively after having a very big dip during mid-season and that led us to finishing just two points behind Johor Darul Ta'zim.Even though we won't be in the Champions League next season,we will still be in the Confederation Cup which will still bring in extra income for the club but despite having a takeover,the finances are still not good enough to get any upgrades so my time in Malaysia will be very slow.

I think after two seasons I will be setting the aims to at least mid-table so we get better budgets for transfer and wage so we can keep pushing towards the title.I know Malaysia is the most challenging country I have been in due to the poor quality,I have to keep my options and if the job at Selangor or Johor Darul Ta'zim came up then I would have to apply for it as that is the next logical step as they have much better facilities and have access to better quality players but neither job is available at the minute so it isn't worth talking about.For pre-season I need to lose the dead wood and try to bring in better players but in any case we will still be in Malaysia as even at a bigger club it will take time for teams to get players and develop them.

Career Stats

Link (For entire career)

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