17-year-old Malaysian right winger Tam Sheang Tsung made his debut for Shanghai Shenhua on Wednesday night in the club's 1-0 defeat to Manchester United, after coach Sergio Batista sent him on in the 88th minute.
Stars such as Didier Drogba and Frenchman Nicolas Anelka were rested by the Argentine in favour of a young team against the Red Devils, who won after new boy Shinji Kagawa scored the only goal of the game via an assist by Portuguese winger Bebe.As a teenager, Sheang Tsung played for the youth divisions at Japan's Yokohama FC and Sagan Tosu before trialling with Welsh club Cardiff City. Born and raised by Malaysian parents in Tokyo, he still holds a Malaysian passport.
The young gun joined Shenhua after an impressive six month trial period with the club, but will spend the rest of the season with the reserves as the team is currently at their maximum allowance of five registered foreigners. If Sheang Tsung makes the first team, he could become the first Malaysian to play in the Chinese Super League.