National defender, Radanfah Abu Bakr, recently completed his debut season in Lithuania's A-Lyga, playing an integral role in helping his unfancied club, FK Kruoja Pakruojis, to a second place finish. This runnesr-up position has earned the club a spot in next season's UEFA Europa League Qualifiers.
Despite being on the sidelines for two and a half months due to a hip flexor injury, missing 12 games in the process, Abu Bakr still commanded a spot on the A-Lyga's Team Of The Year. He persuaded five of the eight panelists to vote for him, including Lithuania's national team coach Igoris Pankratjevas, four commentators, and three sports journalists.
His return to action coincided with his team's climb up the table from 6th, to eventual runners-up. Once fit, he was a fixture in his team’s starting lineup. Making 23 appearances, Abu Bakr also contributed as an attacker with two goals and five assists. His consistent, confident and composed performances meant that he quickly became a favourite with the fans. Off the field, his personable and charismatic demeanour only enhanced his image.
Intending to leave his options, Radanfah only signed a one-year deal with FK Kruoja, therefore he’s out of contract at this time. However, the possibility remains that he may see Europa League action with Kruoja next season.