Perhaps it went unnoticed during the disappointment of the scoreless draw against Melaka United last week in Krubong/Paya Rumput, but among the positives seen was Kenny marking another appearance for Kuala Lumpur City in the Super League.
Since his recent release from ‘football jail’ by the custodians of the game after serving a lengthy ban from the domestic scene for an ‘offence’ best left unwritten here, the 29-year old began his comeback trail into the City Boys Super League squad by returning to the bench as an unused substitute in the 2-2 draw at Sabah, then was a part of the dramatic turn of events during the closing stages of the Red And White’s 3-1 win over India’s ATK Mohun Bagan in the AFC Cup 2022 Inter-Zone Semi-Final in Kolkata, India, made another late appearance in Kuantan in the 2-0 win against Sri Pahang and had a 28 minute run out in Melaka, coming on to replace Fakrul.
Picking up from The Star, the Ipoh born native who moved to the nation’s capital from Perak during the first in-season transfer window of 2021, shared his feelings after being canned by the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM).“The suspension was a tough lesson for me but it has made me stronger”, said Kenny, who last started a Super League fixture on May 17, 2022 in the City Boys first victory on the road this year, but remains a regular in the AFC Cup squads.
Kenny, who could have returned to the squad much earlier had it not been for a hamstring injury sustained during another nail biter in the AFC Cup 2022, when the city slickers edged Vietnam’s Viettel in the penalty shootout following a deadlock of 120 minutes in the ASEAN Zone Semi-Final in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), aims for a return to the starting line-up when the City Boys travel up north for their visit to bottom of the table Penang.
‘‘I hope to get a chance to start against Penang as I have a lot to make up for,’’ he expressed.
The battling central midfielder is also adept at playing in defence is such a big personality in the City Boys’ dressing room despite his 7 games out of it. He was wishful and confident that the special memories created with his teammates on the pitch and the fans in the stands would come back sooner than later.
“I hope to recreate those moments again and I believe I can bounce back.”
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