Norhafiz Zamani Misbah

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Norhafiz Zamani Misbah
Baddrol Bakhtiar (left) with Mohd Norhafiz Zamani Misbah (right)
Personal information
Full name Norhafiz Zamani bin Misbah
Date of birth (1981-07-15) 15 July 1981 (age 35)
Place of birth Malacca, Malaysia
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Centre-back
Club information
Current team
Number 2
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2004 Negeri Sembilan 42 (5)
2005–2008 Pahang 55 (7)
2009–2010 KL PLUS FC 39 (2)
2011–2014 Negeri Sembilan 48 (1)
2015– Kelantan 40 (0)
National team
2001–2011 Malaysia 61 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of April 26, 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of December 6, 2015

Norhafiz Zamani Misbah (born 15 July 1981) is a Malaysian professional footballer who plays as centre-back for Malaysian club Kelantan and a former member of the Malaysia national team.[1][2]

Club career[edit]

Negeri Sembilan[edit]

He made his first appearance in professional football with Negeri Sembilan. He was one of the players who won a silver medal at the 2001 SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur. That game, Malaysia lost to big rival Thailand 0–1. After winning that silver medal, he returned to his club Negeri Sembilan with a big name. He is usually named for Malaysia's international squad to play with their opponents.[3]


He moved to Pahang with a high-profile transfer after spending many years with Negeri Sembilan. Pahang was delighted with his signing and said 'Zamani is Malaysia's best defender this time'. He made superb performances with his new club. He played in the ASEAN Club Championship with other clubs in ASEAN like Singaporean club Tampines Rovers.[4]

KL Plus FC[edit]

He wants to move to another club after underperformance with Pahang. He said that he wants to move because Pahang have more difficulties after his former teammate, Indra Putra Mahayuddin moved to Selangor. He later transfer to KL PLUS FC.[5]

Return to Negeri Sembilan[edit]

Norhafiz joined Negeri Sembilan for the 2011 Liga Super season. After spent 3 seasons playing with Negeri Sembilan, he moved to Kelantan on 2015.


In 1 December 2014, Norhafiz signed to Kelantan for 2015 season after spent 4 seasons playing for Negeri Sembilan. Norhafiz made his Kelantan debut on 1 March 2015 as a substitute in the 69th for Badhri Radzi in a league match lost to Kedah. He made a strong defence team with, Jonathan McKain as centre-back. While playing with Kelantan, Norhafiz also operate as a defensive midfielder.[6] He made 18 league appearances during his debut season with Kelantan. In 27 December 2016, although the team was having financial problems, he has confirmed to remain with Kelantan for the third season despite offers from other clubs.[7]

Career statistics[edit]

Club statistics[edit]

As of match played 26 April 2017.[8]
Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Malaysia League Piala FA Piala Malaysia Asia Total
2015 Kelantan Liga Super 18 0 6 0 4 0 28 0
2016 13 0 2 0 5 0 20 0
2017 9 0 1 0 0 0 10 0
Total 40 0 9 0 9 0 0 0 58 0
Career total 40 0 9 0 9 0 0 0 58 0

International career[edit]


Norhafiz was call up for an international friendly match against five times World Cup winners Brazil in 2002. He was selected as one of four defenders to mark Brazilian stars such as Ronaldo and Barca's Ronaldinho.[9]

In the 2007 Asian Cup, he was named by manager Norizan Bakar as Malaysia captain. He was disappointed with Malaysia losing all their group matches at home. He said that Malaysia have to do something to have hope of playing in the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

After bad performances in the 2007 Asian Cup, he was recalled by Malaysian coach B. Sathianathan as one of three senior players to play in the Merdeka Cup. With a combination of 3 senior players and U-23 players Malaysia won this memorable trophy. Malaysia defeated Myanmar 3–1 in the final.

In the 2008 Merdeka Tournament, Norhafiz help Malaysia to reach the final but his missed shot during the penalty shoot out against Vietnam make Malaysia losing 6–5 on penalty.

In November 2010, Malaysia coach, K. Rajagobal called up Norhafiz for the 2010 AFF Suzuki Cup, but he was later ruled up by injury during the 2010 Asian Games. He was later replaced by Razman Roslan.

Malaysia XI[edit]

Norhafiz also appeared for the Malaysia League XI. He was selected by coach as defender in the Malaysia squad in a preseason friendly against Manchester United. At the inaugural Premier League Asia Trophy that involved two more English clubs Birmingham City and Newcastle United. After losing to Chelsea in the opening game, Malaysia contested for the 3rd place against Birmingham City. After the game which Malaysia lost, then manager of Birmingham City, Steve Bruce) was asked to single out a Malaysian player which had impressed him, his answer was Norhafiz Zamani Misbah. He featured and captained the Malaysia XI in the 2 matches friendly against Manchester United in July 2009. On 21 July 2011, Norhafiz captained Malaysia League XI match against Chelsea. Malaysia League XI later lost 0-1 on that match.

International statistics[edit]

As of 7 September 2016[10]
Malaysia national team
Year Apps Goals
2001 2 0
2002 2 0
2003 3 1
2004 9 0
2005 11 0
2006 7 0
2007 2 1
2008 8 0
2009 6 0
2010 6 0
2011 5 0
Total 61 2

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 12 October 2003 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia  Bahrain 2–2 Draw 2004 AFC Asian Cup qualification
2. 24 March 2007 Colombo, Sri Lanka  Sri Lanka 1–4 Won Friendly



FAM Football Awards
  • Best Defender:2011


  1. ^ "Kelantan Pertaruh Lapan Pemain Baharu Musim Depan". MStar. 1 December 2014. Retrieved 9 September 2014. 
  2. ^ "Barisan Malaysia XI". 29 July 2008. Retrieved 9 September 2016. 
  3. ^ "Malaysia bermain baik - Ronaldo". Utusan Malaysia. 26 May 2002. Retrieved 9 September 2016. 
  4. ^ "Piala FA milik Pahang". Utusan Malaysia. 21 May 2006. Retrieved 9 September 2016. 
  5. ^ "Turning Norhafiz into an attacking midfielder paying off for KL Plus". The Star (Malaysia). 20 May 2010. Retrieved 9 September 2016. 
  6. ^ "Taj akhiri teka teki, pilih sertai Kelantan". Harian Metro. 29 April 2015. Retrieved 9 September 2016. 
  7. ^ "Setia bersama The Red Warriors". Utusan Malaysia. 27 December 2016. Retrieved 22 January 2017. 
  8. ^ "Norhafiz Zamani Misbah". Soccerway. Perform Group. Retrieved 1 October 2016. 
  9. ^ "Malaysia vs Brazil". Sky Sports. 25 May 2002. Retrieved 9 September 2016. 
  10. ^ "Norhafiz Zamani Misbah". National Football Teams. 7 September 2016. Retrieved 7 September 2016. 

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