Thursday 26th April, 2018
24 ℃ | 33 ℃Kuala Lumpur
Kedah's Liridon Krasniqi will be one of the most dangerous players in Saturday's Malaysia FA Cup final against Pahang, but the creative genius attributes his silky skills to the tough days working as a labourer.

The Kosovar playmaker, who has scored three goals in the competition, is expected to be given heavy attention by the Pahang midfield when the teams face off at Shah Alam Stadium in front of 80,000 fans.

But it was only five years ago that Liridon was laying down bricks and doing hard labour in Germany after a two-year FIFA ban.

"I signed for Slavia Prague in the Czech Republic when I was 17, and it was tough because you are alone in a different country, a new environment and do not speak the language," Liridon told ESPN FC.

"I was scared and I did not have any money to eat sometimes, let alone send my family any cash. One day I just left without even telling the management, because I also had financial issues with them.

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