The French forward who's only in his first season with PKNS has been in excellent form keeping a distinctively average team clear of relegationThere is a potential French football revolution taking place in Malaysia, and Mickael Dawood Nicoise can boast to be the pioneer of it.
The 28-year-old journeyman has made Malaysia his latest nest and is intent on having a great season in the Super League.Signed by PKNS FC earlier this year, Nicoise has taken the Super League by storm with his powerful physique and confidence to shoot from anywhere within goal sight.
The Frenchman already has five goals in four games, and based on current form he is showing no signs of slowing down.
"Malaysia has everything a footballer could dream of," he told Fifa.com.
"We have a genuine training complex with five pitches, a gym plus a swimming pool. 12 out of 14 teams boast a 35,000-seater stadium, so almost every weekend we play in superb venues full of supporters.”That motivation was one of the few reasons Nicoise picked the Malaysian Super League, despite having to attend a one-week trial with the club in October last year. Religion, was another factor.
“I wanted to play in a Muslim country and I didn’t hesitate when my agents contacted me about the possibility of playing in this beautiful country,” he proclaimed.
The Muslim convert believes he was meant to don PKNS colors, because the Malaysian transfer window was still open just as he was out of contract with his last club, Al Masry, without having played a single game.
Nicoise has found himself adorned with attention from both the media and his club. He has been named vice-captain for PKNS and is regarded as one of their main assets due to his quick-fire start with the newly-promoted side.
The Selangor-based side currently sit ninth in the 14 team standings and with Nicoise in red-hot form, manager Haji Abdul Rahman will be confident that his new recruit will elevate the club further up the table.