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Ahmad Fakri Saarani

Ahmad Fakri Bin Saarani (born 8 July 1989) is a Malaysian professional footballer who plays for Malaysian side Melaka United and Malaysia national team. Fakri plays mainly as a right winger but can also play as a forward or as an attacking midfielder.

Ahmad Fakri Saarani
Personal information
Full name Ahmad Fakri Bin Saarani
Date of birth (1989-07-08) 8 July 1989 (age 30)
Place of birth Kota Bharu, Kelantan,Malaysia
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)[1]
Playing position Winger, Forward
Club information
Current team
Melaka United
Number 13
Youth career
2006 Perak President Cup
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2007 Perak 4 (4)
2007–2008 Harimau Muda 24 (9)
2009–2010 Perlis 25 (13)
2011 Negeri Sembilan 14 (2)
2012 Felda United 11 (2)
2012–2013 Atlético 5 (0)
2013–2015 Kelantan 32 (5)
2016–2017 Kedah 24 (1)
2016Felda United (loan) 8 (0)
2018– Melaka United 11 (0)
National team
2006–2009 Malaysia U-20 17 (7)
2009–2011 Malaysia U-23 28 (6)
2009– Malaysia 30 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 June 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17 November 2016

Fakri has earned 30 caps for the Malaysia national team since making his international debut on 12 August 2009 at the age of 19.

Club careerEdit

Perak, Harimau MudaEdit

Fakri has been training with the senior team for the past two months. And I think the time is right for him to come into the picture. This is the right time to blood him although many may question my decision. It does not matter if we are playing at home. The fans may not like it if he makes mistakes but I have faith in the youngster. Fakri seems to handle pressure well and is confident of his game. He played for the national Under-19 team in a tournament in Brunei recently. I try to bring in the young players at the proper time. This is Fakri's chance to prove his worth under my rotation system. I have been losing players to the national squads at all levels and we have to learn to cope without them.

Steve Darby, former Perak coach.[2]

Fakri was born in Kota Bharu, in the state of Kelantan he has been raised in Batu Gajah, Perak. He started his professional career with Perak when he signed a three-year contract from 2007 until 2009. At the beginning, Fakri is a natural right winger but also can play as a forward. He played for Perak youth team during his season debut.[3]

Fakri was promoted to Perak first team as the senior striker, R. Surendran was away for national duty with the Malaysia national team on a playing tour of Sri Lanka. It was Steve Darby the former Perak coach who brought him into senior team. On 24 March 2007, Fakri made his Liga Super debut for Perak's first team in the 5–1 win against Negeri Sembilan. He scored a hat-trick and made one assist during that match.

On the following season, Fakri signed a one-year contract to play with Harimau Muda in 2007–08 Liga Premier. He made 24 appearances and scored 9 goals for the club.

Perlis, Negeri Sembilan, Felda UnitedEdit

After two seasons playing for Perlis, on December 2010, Fakri signed a contract with Negeri Sembilan.[4] In 2012, Fakri named as the Felda United new player.[5]

Atlético SCEdit

On 8 December 2012, it was confirmed that Fakri had signed a one-year contract with Portuguese Third Division side Atlético SC[6][7][8][9]

KelantanEdit

Fakri had returned to Malaysia and signed with Kelantan after his contract with Portuguese side Atlético SC ended.[10][11] On 19 April 2013, Fakri scored his first league goal for Kelantan in 1–2 defeat to PKNS. On 31 August 2013, he scored his first Malaysia Cup goal for Kelantan in 1–2 defeat to Negeri Sembilan. Fakri played as a substitute in the 2013 Malaysia Cup final against Pahang.

KedahEdit

On 1 January 2016, Fakri signed a one-year contract with 2015 Malaysia Premier League champions Kedah.[12] On 14 December 2016, after his loan stint with Felda United ended Fakri returned to Kedah and signed another one-year contract with Kedah.[13]

Felda United (loan)Edit

On 16 July 2016, Fakri was loaned to Felda United on 6 month deal.[14]

Melaka UnitedEdit

On 24 November 2017, Fakri signed a one-year contract with Melaka United.[15]

International careerEdit

YouthEdit

Fakri is former Malaysia Under-20 member squad. He has participated in ASEAN Football Federation Youth Championship 2006 and ASEAN Football Federation Youth Championship 2007. He also play in 2007 Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy. In 2008, Fakri was seconded to Harimau Muda, a Malaysian Premier League team made up of members of the Malaysian Under-20 national side.

SeniorEdit

Fakri made his senior debut in 0–0 draw against Kenya on 12 August 2009 coming off from the bench. In November 2010, Malaysia coach, K. Rajagobal called up Fakri for the 2010 AFF Suzuki Cup, but he was later ruled up by injury during the 2010 Asian Games. He was later replaced by Ashari Samsudin.

He was selected by Malaysia coach, K. Rajagobal for 2012 AFF Suzuki Cup campaign. However, he only came in as a substitute in Group B match against Indonesia.

Personal lifeEdit

Fakri has a younger sister, Nur Haniza Saarani playing for the Malaysia women's football team.[16]

StatisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of match played 26 June 2018.[17]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Perak 2006-07 Malaysia Super League 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0
Harimau Muda 2007-08 Malaysia Premier League 24 9 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 24 9 0 0 0 0 0 0
Perlis 2009 Malaysia Super League 13 7 0 0 0 0 0 0
Perlis 2010 Malaysia Super League 12 6 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 25 13 0 0 0 0 0 0
Negeri Sembilan 2011 Malaysia Super League 14 2 0 0 0 0 0 2
Total 14 2 0 0 0 0 0 2
Felda United 2012 Malaysia Super League 11 2 0 0 0 2 11 4
Felda United (loan) 2016 Malaysia Super League 8 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
Total 19 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Atlético SC 2012–13 Terceira Divisão 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Total 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Kelantan 2013 Malaysia Super League 11 1 1 0 1 0 13 1
Kelantan 2014 Malaysia Super League 11[a] 4 0 2 0 3 0 9
Kelantan 2015 Malaysia Super League 10 1 3 0 6 0 19 1
Total 32 6 0 2 0 3 0 11
Kedah 2016 Malaysia Super League 10 1 6 1 0 0 16 2
Kedah 2017 Malaysia Super League 14 0 4 0 5 1 23 1
Total 24 1 10 1 5 1 39 3
Melaka United 2018 Malaysia Super League 11 0 1 0 0 0 12 0
Total 11 0 1 0 0 0 12 0
Career Total 158 37 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1. ^ League appearance for 2014 might inccorect, data based on infobox only

InternationalEdit

As of 13 November 2017[18]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Malaysia 2009 4 0
2010 2 0
2011 5 0
2012 4 1
2013 2 0
2014 4 1
2015 2 0
2016 6 0
Total 29 2

International goalsEdit

As of match played 9 November 2017. Malaysia score listed first, score column indicates score after each Fakri goal.
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 16 October 2012 Mong Kok, Hong Kong
13
  Hong Kong 3–0 3–0 Friendly
2 5 March 2014 Tahnoun bin Mohammed Stadium, United Arab Emirates
20
  Yemen 2–1 2–1 2015 Asian Cup Qualifiers

HonoursEdit

ClubEdit

Perak President Cup

Kelantan

Kedah

InternationalEdit

Malaysia U-23

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Ahmad Fakri Saarani - Player Profile https://asia.eurosport.com/football/ahmad-fakri-saarani_prs261496/person.shtml
  2. ^ "Perak coach Darby to unleash teen striker Fakri against Negri". The Star. 24 March 2007. Archived from the original on 21 May 2011. Retrieved 27 March 2007.
  3. ^ In Person | Ahmad Fakri Saarani http://www.seladang.net/2008/02/in-person-ahmad-fakri-saarani Archived 1 December 2017 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Senarai Pemain Negeri Sembilan http://www.n9kini.com/senarai-pemain-negeri-sembilan-pemian-perak-tidak-rasmi Archived 1 December 2017 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Liga Super 2012 : Review Pasukan Felda United http://bolasepakm.blogspot.my/2012/01/liga-super-2012-review-pasukan-felda.html
  6. ^ "Ahmad Fakri sah wakili kelab divisyen tiga Portugal – Sukan". Sinar Harian. 8 November 2012. Retrieved 18 October 2013.
  7. ^ "Fakri Saarani set to sign for Portuguese side Atletico S.C". Goal.com. 27 December 2012. Retrieved 18 October 2013.
  8. ^ "Ahmad out to prove Malaysians can perform in Europe (Malay)". Sinar Harian. 8 December 2012. Retrieved 8 December 2012.
  9. ^ Fakri mungkin kembali ke Liga-M http://ww1.utusan.com.my/utusan/Sukan/20130225/su_01/Fakri-mungkin-kembali-ke-Liga-M
  10. ^ "Fakri Saarani signs with Kelantan FA, Dimitri Petratos to return for AFC Cup". Goal.com. 25 February 2013. Retrieved 18 October 2013.
  11. ^ "Dickson and Fakri to play for Kelantan in MSL". Goal.com. 13 April 2013. Retrieved 18 October 2013.
  12. ^ Kedah Ikat Amar Rohidan, Fakri Saarani Setahun http://www.mstar.com.my/sukan/bola-sepak/2016/01/01/kedah-ikat-amar-rohidan
  13. ^ Fakri kekal 2017 https://www.facebook.com/kedahfa.my/photos/a.179849612047524.40613.179345575431261/1366410180058122/?type=3&theater
  14. ^ Fakri media temper http://www.sinarharian.com.my/sukan/fakri-sedia-gempur-1.541827
  15. ^ Ahmad Fakri ubati kekecewaan MU https://www.bharian.com.my/sukan/bola/2017/11/354881/ahmad-fakri-ubati-kekecewaan-mu
  16. ^ Oleh Ajitpal Singh (16 August 2017). "Semangat Haniza Saarani sentiasa membara" (in Malay). BN online. Retrieved 24 April 2019.
  17. ^ "Fakri Saarani". Soccerway.com. Retrieved 28 October 2017.
  18. ^ "Saarani, Ahmad Fakri". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved 25 November 2017.

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