DOMINIQUE DA SYLVA

DA SYLVA SET TO STRIKE FEAR IN DEFENCES

STRIKER Dominique Da Sylva is ready to set the Malaysian Super League on fire again after signing with Kuala Lumpur United FC for the 2021 season.

Mauritania international Da Sylva, 31, has unfinished business in Malaysia, hence his return to the Super League after leaving Terengganu, where he scored nine goals in 10 league games in 2020.

“It’s not enough what I did here, I know I can do more,” said Da Sylva. “We only played half-season last year so I hope this year is a full season. It’s a difficult time for everyone but I hope it will be a good season for all of football.”

The interest shown by the club and the passion of KLUFC chief executive Stanley Bernard was what clinched Da Sylva’s signing.

“KL were the team who really showed interest in me and made me feel important,” said Da Sylva, 31. “The way the CEO talked with my agent and I and his plans for the club was really important. He played football before and he knows what the players need.”

“All players, we try to be better than the previous season. Of course, I will try to do better. I know it won’t be easy but we will fight with the help of everyone. This year, if we play a full season then I can try to do better.”

Kuala Lumpur United FC’s new signing Dominique Da Sylva (Left) with club CEO Stanley Bernard

Da Sylva hopes to get down to training with Bojan Hodak’s side soon and get to know his new teammates although he is already familiar with defenders Kamal Azizi Zabri and Wan Ahmad Amirzafran Wan Nadris from their time together at Terengganu.

“I don’t know the names yet but I played one friendly game last year with Terengganu against KL. Of course, I will meet them and get to know them. I know KL have good players,” said Da Sylva, who also holds Senegalese citizenship.

A two-time CAF Champions League winner with Egypt’s Al-Ahly, with whom he also won an Egyptian Premier League title, Da Sylva has plenty of big-game experience which could prove invaluable for his new club.

“The life of a footballer is full of pressure but I’m not a player who is scared of pressure. You try to take this pressure positively. I have my story with Al-Ahly and Zamalek in Egypt and in Tunisia as well,” said Da Sylva, whose career has also taken him to the United Arab Emirates, Cyprus and Vietnam.

“It is an experience that will help me and the team to do our best. It won’t be easy but together we can find a good solution.”

Da Sylva has big ambitions which he believes he can fulfill at Kuala Lumpur.

“Like all players I want to try to win titles, that is the most important,” said Da Sylva. “I know KL is coming from the Premier League, so don’t try to think of becoming champions yet. In the first season, you want to stay in the Super League.

“All the players know the league is not easy but of course we are here to make KL a bigger club, to win games, beat big teams. We don’t come here to make friends, we are here to work because football is our life. We try to win games and get a position in the table.”

Dominique Da Sylva (left) holding his contract with Kuala Lumpur United FC CEO Stanley Bernard

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