Zaquan still kicking – thanks to unlikely training partners

Fourteen years ago, twins Zaquan Adha Abd Razak (pic) and Aidil Zafuan made their debuts for home state Negri Sembilan in the Super League.

Since then, they have won numerous domestic titles with different clubs and also represented the country.

At the age of 32, they are still going strong as centreback Aidil plays for defending Super League champions Johor Darul Ta’zim while striker Zaquan features for defending FA Cup champions Kedah.

In recent weeks, due to the movement control order (MCO), Zaquan has been training at his residence in Alor Setar – and he’s in good company.

His sons, Aisy Qaiser, six, and Aisy Aryan, five, can be seen doing drills with their father on Zaquan’s Instagram account.

That has sparked talk of the emergence of another sibling duo in the future – like Zaquan and Aidil.

Zaquan, for now, can only say that his sons – who are still in kindergarten – just love the game as much as he does.

 

“Yes, they train with me at home during the order. At least I’m not alone,” said Zaquan, who was a runner-up in the 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup.

“I enjoy working out with them, I get to teach them the right techniques and also the importance of fitness.

“I can see that they are pretty interested in the game. Right now, I’m glad I have some training partners.”

Zaquan said since there is no team training, he is focusing on building his strength and ensuring that his flexibility is good before the season resumes.

Even though he is not a starter in the team due to the arrival of African duo Kpah Sherman and Kipre Tchetche, his influence is still needed in the group as he plays the role of a “super sub”.

“When you train at home, the movement is limited.

“So I train on specifics and also maintain my diet. When you are at home all the time, you have the tendency to eat often, so you need to keep an eye on that.

“As for the team, we’ve had a slow start, but the 2-0 win over Selangor gave us some confidence. We have four points from four games, but the season is still long, so we can bounce back.

“The team qualified for two finals last year, so other teams are much aware of our strengths now.”

The Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) and the Malaysian Football League have suspended all M-League and footballing activities to adhere to the MCO, which is scheduled to end on April 14.

Without gate collections and many sponsors also being affected by the MCO, many M-League teams are starting to feel the pinch.

The FAM and MFL have asked for talks, but the Professional Foot-ballers Association of Malaysia (PFAM) have been adamant with their demands and have refused to meet up with the team management to strike a deal.

Zaquan said players and the management should have a sit-down discussion on what is the best solution.

“Kedah have not issued any statement or held any meeting. We have not received any information on the pay cut.

“As players, we want to sit down with the management and discuss.

“If the pay cut is mooted, we want to know why it is being done.”

 

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