Marañon, De Murga team up in Malaysian champion club

Originally published by CNN Philippines

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 21) – Philippine Azkals players Bienvenido Marañon and Carli De Murga are teaming up again in a professional club, this time with defending Malaysian Super League champions Johor Darul Ta'zim Southern Tigers.

Marañon and De Murga - who were teammates in local professional football titlists Ceres Negros FC and United City FC - signed with the powerhouse Malaysian club on Thursday.

The two Filipinos are a bunch of new additions for the Southern Tigers, who ruled the six out of the last seven editions of the Malaysian Super League, and also winning the 2017 and 2019 Malaysia FA Cup.

"Grateful for this opportunity. New challenge, new goals with the Tigers," said Marañon, who was naturalized in July last year

The 35-year-old Marañon was coming off a productive debut with the Azkals in the AFF Suzuki Cup last December, where he finished as the squad's top scorer with four goals.

The striker, who announced his departure from United City earlier this month, also holds the record for the most goals scored in the Asian Football Confederation Cup.

Meanwhile, defender De Murga played for another Malaysian club Terengganu last year, where they finished fourth in the Malaysian Super League.

"Ready to face the biggest challenge of my life with this amazing club," De Murga said.

The 33-year-old De Murga opted to sit out for the Azkals' recent AFF Suzuki Cup campaign to recover from an injury he sustained in the Malaysia FA Cup semifinals.

Marañon and De Murga are some of the Azkals playing in foreign professional football leagues.

Defender Justin Baas and goalkeeper Kevin Ray Mendoza are also lined up in Malaysian clubs. Kevin Ingreso, Iain Ramsay, Amani Aguinaldo, Daisuke Sato, Jesper Nyholm, Bernd Schipmann, Martin Steuble, Amin Nazari, and Patrick Reichelt are with teams playing in the Thai League.

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