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Johor Darul Ta’zim FC (JDT) has named a section of the seating area of its state-of-the-art Sultan Ibrahim Stadium after manager Luciano Figueroa, a former player of the Southern Tigers who had a blistering career before retiring in 2018.

The Luciano Figueroa Stand is the first fan section to be named at the stadium which opened its doors in February 2020. 

The stand was officiated by club owner His Royal Highness Major General Tunku Ismail Ibni Sultan Ibrahim, the Crown Prince of Johor on Tuesday. 

“JDT is a club that always recognises those that have contributed to Johor Football — past present and future. We have always appreciated players, coaches and staff who have served and created history with JDT,” said HRH Tunku Ismail.

“Today, we recognise the contribution of our former player and current manager Luciano Figueroa, who have won multiple trophies including the historic moment of being the first East Asian side to win the AFC Cup. His name will forever be imprinted in this stadium,” added the Crown Prince.

Figueroa joined JDT in 2014 and enjoyed two spells as a player, scoring 43 goals and assisting 14 in 71 games.

The former Argentine international preciously won two Malaysia Super League titles in 2014 and 2015, Sultan Ahmad Shah Cup in 2015 and the coveted 2015 AFC Cup in his first spell before returning as Club Ambassador in 2017. 

He donned the Red and Blue jersey once more in 2018 to win his second Sultan Ahmad Shah Cup and third Super League title.

He was named JDT Manager in August 2018. Figueroa has won two Sultan Ahmad Shah Cups, 2019 Super League, and the 2019 Malaysia Cup.

Also in attendance during the ceremony was Argentinean Ambassador to Malaysia H.E Manuel Balaguer Salas. 

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This article was first published on September 26, 2020 in our Weekly E-Paper issue 108

The Bruneian | KUALA LUMPUR

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