Ronaldinho Wleh Returns to PKNS

Towering Liberian striker Patrick Ronaldinho Wleh has returned to the PKNS Football Club after a yearlong loan with Malaysia’s most successful club, Selangor FA.

Prior to the 2016 Malaysia Super League season, Wleh joined Selangor on a loan. PKNS had failed to qualify for the 2016 Malaysia Super League after finishing third in the 2015 Malaysia Premier League season and with Selangor releasing Brazilian striker Paula Lucrecio, it was an opportunity for Wleh, who had dreamt of playing for Selangor, to join the club.

The 25-year-old kicked off his career with Selangor on a high note, netting seven goals in five appearances. However, there were disappointments during the end of the season when he struggled to score at his usual frequency. He finished his Selangor career with eight assists and 19 goals in 37 appearances. Still, Wleh led the team in both categories.

Wleh, who missed out the chance of winning the Malaysia Cup with Selangor following their penalty shootout defeat to Kedah in the final, told The Bush Chicken he’s happy to be back with PKNS. While he is grateful for his time with Selangor, he hopes he can help PKNS get the needed result in the upcoming season.

“I’m hoping to help the team win this year,” Wleh said. “The Super League kicks off soon and we are working harder to get the best results. It won’t be an easy task, but we are preparing for it. With the team qualifying for the Super League last year, I believe we can keep that focus and achieve our goals this year.”

Although PKNS will be without some of their key players that helped them reach the Super League, Wleh believes the team can get a better result with the caliber of players PKNS has.

“Yes, it’s true that we have lost some key players, especially those who were the key figures in the team’s promotion last year,” Wleh said. “But I believe with the players on hand, we can get a better result. It is normal in football. Players come and go, but if a team prepares well, they get better than the past. The team has brought in some good players that I believe in. I’ve seen their inputs during training and I strongly believe we will have the best results.”

Featured photo courtesy of PKNS FC

T Kla Wesley Jr.

T. Kla Wesley Jr. is a member of the Sports Writers Association of Liberia.

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