PETALING JAYA: Hotshot Patrick ‘Ronaldinho’ Wleh will play for Super League side PKNS FC next season.
The former Sime Darby FC striker will be a huge boost for PKNS following his exploits with the Premier League club this year.
PKNS head coach Abdul Rahman Ibrahim confirmed that Wleh would add more bite up front.
“We should be stronger for the new season. We made our debut in the top flight this year and have gained valuable experience. The competition will be stiff with newly promoted Armed Forces and Pahang playing in the Super League. A top class striker of Wleh’s calibre should give us more depth in attack to match the big guns,” said Abdul Rahman yesterday.
The 21-year-old Liberian international’s goal-scoring feats took Sime Darby to their historic FA Cup run and third place in the Premier League this season. No club have ever made it to the FA Cup final but Sime Darby did so largely on Wleh’s six goals in five matches en route to the final, which they lost 1-0 to Kelantan.
Sime Darby FC also did well to finish third in the Premier League behind champions Armed Forces and Pahang, thanks to Wleh’s 15 goals in 18 matches.
Abdul Rahman said they have made minimal changes in the squad and have retained the other foreign signing – French midfielder Abdelfatah Safi.
PKNS will be hoping to shed their “draw specialists” tag next season.
The club, who have been in the Premier League for eight seasons, have found life in the top flight tough, finishing mid-table in the 14-team standings with eight wins, 11 draws and seven defeats this season.
Their FA Cup campaign also ended in the first round. They drew 3-3 with Kedah, who advanced 4-2 on penalty kicks.