Harimau Muda A boys Wan Zaharulnizam and Wan Zack Haikal are settling well in Japan according to FC Ryukyu coach Takeo Matsuda.
After much anticipation following their impressive performance against the Japanese Under-23 men's team in Olympic qualifying, the duo finally arrived on the southern island of Okinawa last week in order to try out with the Japan Football League (third division) club.
“They've got a nose for the goal; they're both very good," Matsuda told Goal.com. "This trial is stimulating for both the players and the team. I hope that they can enjoy their challenge in Japan."
Matsuda was happy with how the Malaysians were adjusting off the pitch as well.
"They've joked a bit with the other players in broken English, and are doing their best to fit in," he elaborated. "They cannot eat pork, so they prefer to eat Japanese-style deep-fried chiken cutlet and sometimes cook in their home."
The news is sure to be welcomed by both Harimau Muda and FC Ryukyu supporters who are anticipating that the youngsters will settle in Japan."
“This is my first time trying out in a foreign country," Wan Zaharulnizam told Goal.com. "I would like to learn technique from Japanese footballers."
Meanwhile, team-mate Wan Zack Haikal was hopeful of winning a contract in Japan.
"I appreciate this chance to try out in Japan," the 21-year-old said. "I would like to earn a contract in Japan, and furthermore, I would like to make a run towards Europe in the future.”
The determination and hunger shown by the boys indicates that they're sure to reap the benefits of playing with FC Ryukyu.