Harimau Muda coach Ong Kim Swee has expressed all his satisfaction after whizkid Nazmi Faiz landed a with Portuguese top flight club Beira Mar.
The 17-year-old, who attracted interest from Cardiff City in January, will fly to Portugal with his father on Sunday to train for a week with the Aveiro-based side, in the hope of winning a pre-contract with the team as he is not yet able to sign a professional deal.
Despite the possibility of losing a young star player, Ong told espnstar.com that he was delighted for Faiz and said it was a huge positive for Malaysian football.
“This is great news in terms of the development of Malaysian football. We hope that Nazmi will cherish the opportunity to play in Portugal's top flight next season,” he said.
On the trial, he explained: "After a couple of days of speculation in regards to Nazmi heading to Europe, we have now got an agreement between Nazmi and the Portuguese club Beira Mar.
"He will go for a trial with them from May 14 until May 21. This is an excellent development."
The former Malaysia international added that he is ready to lose one of his best players of the team in a crucial point of the S.League season, saying that it's the club's aim to develop players to play at the highest level.
“We have to make the sacrifice. The S.League is important, but I will never hesitate if any of my players get a chance to play overseas, especially in Europe,” he said.
“It is, after all, Harimau Muda's intent to develop Malaysia's future footballers.”