Japanese football beckons for young wing wizard Wan Zaharulnizam Wan Zakaria

Wan Zack Wan Haikal who previously played for FC Zlate Moravce in Slovakia will also be following 'Kecik' for trials with Japanese third tier side FC Ryukyu.
Harimau Muda's nippy winger, Wan Zaharulnizam Wan Zakaria, who was impressive during his two appearances against Japan in the 2012 Olympic qualifiers has been offered to undergo trials with Japanese club FC Ryukyu.

FC Ryukyu ply their trade in the third-tier of the Japanese Football League, independent of the J-League.

Better known as 'Kecik' due to his small frame, Wan Zaharulnizam caught the attention of a Japanese scouting agency, Japan Dream FA, during his appearance at the Tosu Stadium last year.

He will be joined in the trials by another wing wizard, Wan Zack Wan Haikal who has tasted European football, plying his trade for Corgon Liga side, FC Zlate Moravce Vion.

Both Wan Zack and Wan Zaharulnizam currently feature for the Harimau Mudas in the S.League and have played key roles in helping their team to a 100% start.

The news was confirmed by Young Tigers coach, Ong Kim Swee when the team left for their last Olympic qualifiers against Syria.

“The agent came up to me during our first clash against Japan and told me the club was interested in Kecik,” said Ong to Malaysian daily, The Malay Mail.

“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.”

Ong 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.”

Ong added, although it was a club in the third-tier of Japanese football, he hoped the players would make the cut for at least a full season.

Last year, Irfan Fazail, Mohd Fadhli Shas and Wan Zack were signed on loan by Slovakian club, FC Zlate Moravce Vion after impressing the club during Harimau Muda's stint in Slovakia.

Players like Akmal Rizal Rakhli, Juzaili Samion and Fadzli Shaari have tasted European football but if Wan Zaharulnizam and Wan Zack's trials turn out to be successful, then this will be a first for Malaysian football.