Football: Zaquan still kicks – thanks to unlikely training partners

PETALING JAYA: Fourteen years ago, twins Zaquan Adha Abd Razak (pictured) and Aidil Zafuan made their debut for home state Negri Sembilan in the Super League.

Since then they have won many national titles with different clubs and have also represented the country.

At 32, they are still going strong as center-back Aidil plays for defending Super League champions Johor Darul Ta’zim while forward Zaquan plays for defending FA Cup champions Kedah.

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

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

This sparked discussions about 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 – love the game as much as he does.

Aisy Qaiser and Aisy Aryan during a home training session.

“Yes, they train with me at home during the order. At least I’m not alone, ”said Zaquan, 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup finalist.

“I like to train with them, I can teach them the right techniques and also the importance of physical form.

“I can see they’re pretty interested in the game. Right now I’m happy to have training partners.

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

Even if he does not start in the team due to the arrival of the African duo Kpah Sherman and Kipre Tchetche, his influence is still necessary in the group since he plays the role of a “super sub “.

“When you train at home, movement is limited.

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

“As far as the team is concerned, we got off to a slow start, but the 2-0 victory over Selangor gave us some confidence. We have four points in four games, but it’s still a long season so we can bounce back.

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

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

Happy family life: Zaquan Adha Abd Razak with his wife and children.Happy family life: Zaquan Adha Abd Razak with his wife and children.

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

FAM and MFL have called for talks, but the Professional Footballers Association of Malaysia (PFAM) has been adamant with their demands and refused to meet with the team’s management to strike a deal.

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

“Kedah did not make any statement or hold any meeting. We have not received any information on the salary cut.

“As players we want to sit down with management and have a chat.

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

Milton S. Rodgers

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