Saturday, March 17, 2012

Football: Kecik to attend trials with FC Ryukyu

It has been too long i have not posted regardless of any.
I am currently busy revising for my VCP5 certification exam that i will be sitting on this 28th.
While i was looking for something to read before i gone sleep,i found something interesting to share here.
Kecik and another winger Wan Zack have been offered trial with FC Ryukyu

Olympic squad lad and teammate to attend trials with FC Ryukyu (source:The Malay Mail)

KUALA LUMPUR: National player Wan Zaharulnizam Zakaria could ink his name in the history books by featuring for Okinawa-based club FC Ryukyu.

Wan Zaharulnizam, or better known as Kecik, caught the attention of talent agency Japan Dream FA during the Olympic qualifying match between Japan and Malaysia at the Tosu Stadium in Japan last year.

The Tumpat-born lad will be joined by Wan Zack Haikal Wan Noor during trials with the J-League team. The dates for the trial has yet to be fixed.

Japan’s football structure places the J-League as the highest division followed by the J-League Division 2 and the Japan Football League.

This was confirmed by Harimua Muda A coach Ong Kim Swee, who left with the Olympic squad for Jordan for their final Olympic qualifying match against Syria this morning.

“The agent came up to me during our first clash against Japan and told me the club was interested in Kecik,” said Kim Swee.

“Right after our second match against Japan, the agent came up to me and told me they are finalising the paperwork and would like to see Wan Zaharulnizam in Okinawa. I’m happy, and amazed, that it was more of a case of the club showing interest in the player instead of us recommending him to them.”

Kim Swee then suggested Wan Zack should accompany Wan Zaharulnizam for the trial at the club.

“Who knows if Wan Zack can also impress them, then we could have two of our boys there.”

Kim Swee added although it was a Div 3 club, he hoped the lads would make the cut for at least a full season.

National coach Datuk K. Rajagobal echoed similar sentiments.

“Europe is difficult to penetrate. This is a good opportunity for our lads to play in the J-League although it is a Division 3 club. We know that the standard of play in the J-League is higher than our M-League,” said Rajagobal.

“This should also be seen as a stepping stone for greater things. If the players can graduate to Division 1 J-League teams, it would be another achievement. They will return with plenty of experience and exposure to a different playing style.”

Japan Dream FA, through its ‘J-Dream Project’, are tapping talents from Southeast Asia to play with Japanese teams. This is part of the progress made by several FAM officials who met their counterparts in Japan, as revealed by Mailsport in December.

There are also attempts by another club for national goalkeeper Khairul Fahmi Che Mat but it has only been a verbal approach so far.

Observers believe penetrating into Japan — albeit in a lower division — will be a step in the right direction. With many talent scouts and agents keeping close tabs on players there, the chances of footballers being spotted for bigger clubs in the Middle East and even Europe are highe

1 comment:

Am_7riel said...

Best of luck to Kecik and Wan Zack!