Football: Safuwan Baharudin draws praise from Melbourne City supporters after scoring again

SINGAPORE - Singapore footballer Safuwan Baharudin's second goal for A-League club Melbourne City FC has drawn praise from supporters of the Australian side.

The 23-year-old's headed effort from close range gave Melbourne City the lead in the 28th minute on Wednesday, but opponents Western Sydney Wanderers, winners of the Asian Champions League in 2014, came back to win 3-2.

Despite the loss, fans of the club took to social media to praise Safuwan's efforts.

Commented Maurice Simiele on the club's Facebook page: "Safuwan & Novillo, finally some youthful signings who look good. sign them up now!!!"

Safuwan is on a three-month loan with the club.

Blair Shaw wrote: "Stand out performances by Mooy, Safuwan & Tando... let's hope they stay for next season!"

James Durkin added: "One of the few players who gives 110%."

Safuwan posted a picture of him celebrating the goal on Instagram on Thursday, adding: "Let's keep going guys."

 

In shaa Allah more to come! Let's keep going guys.

A photo posted by 21 (@safuwanbaharudin) onMar 11, 2015 at 7:25pm PDT

A fan, Nick Nteris, commented: "Well done in continuing to get on the score sheet."

On a fan forum at MelbourneFootball.com, Tony999 said: "Seriously, this kid is ganna help us win the league!", while GreenSeater wrote "Can we please sign this kid permanently? He's got something special and I know that he's just going to keep improving. Really like what I've seen so far and love the fact he's scoring goals!"

You can watch the goal in this video, from about 0:31.

Safuwan's first goal for Melbourne City, the first by a Singaporean in the A-League, was congratulated by English Premier League champions Manchester City in a tweet. He had smashed home an equaliser against Adelaide United on Feb 27.

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