Malaysian Super League: They're on Fandi's wanted list

Malaysian Super League: They're on Fandi's wanted list

Having made his name as one of the most feared forwards in the region, newly-appointed LionsXII coach Fandi Ahmad knows the importance of having a strong strikeforce.

With just one proven goalscorer in Khairul Amri on the roster, backed up by the young but promising trio of Shahfiq Ghani, Syafiq Zainal and Khairul Nizam, Fandi is in urgent need of some attacking reinforcements ahead of the football season in Malaysia next month.

"We need to increase up our attacking options if we want to meet the target of a top-three finish," said the 51-year-old.

"Amri and Shahfiq are good forwards but we can't just rely on them. We also need Nizam and Syafiq to step up and score more.

"It's not easy for us because we don't have foreign signings, so it would be good if I can find one or two more seasoned strikers.

"We'll need these reinforcements, but we can't sign too many senior players because, ultimately, the LionsXII are still a development team."

The LionsXII are the reigning Malaysian Super League (MSL) champions and open their 2014 campaign in a Charity Shield clash against Pahang on Jan 17.

Fandi is hoping to sign national forwards Qiu Li and Fazrul Nawaz, two strikers he worked with in 2006 when he was the Young Lions coach.

It is understood Qiu Li is not keen to continue playing for Balestier Khalsa after the 32-year-old was offered a pay cut despite a fine season with the Tigers, scoring 12 goals as they won the League Cup and finished fourth in the S-League.

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