Players should seize the opportunity in Japan, says Subahan Kamal

Malaysia Team Manager, Datuk Subahan Kamal, hopes that the training stint in Japan would allow the Malaysian players to get opportunities to play for Japanese clubs

Harimau Malaya are currently on a training tour of Japan whilst playing friendlies with J.League clubs and National Team Manager Datuk Subahan Kamal hopes that players will use this chance to market themselves.

The 47-year-old wants the Malaysian stars to seize the opportunity to get noticed by the J.League sides.

He told The Star: “The playing stint will be used to the fullest to expose our national players.

“At the same time we hope to market more of our boys to play in the J-League.”

K. Rajagopal’s forces have already played one of three friendlies against Shimizu S-Pulse in which they lost 2-0 but S-Pa Head Coach Afshin Ghotbi had nothing but good things to say about the Malaysian outfit.

Subahan highlighted that the Shimizu club President Naohisa Katayama would like to have a more of such partnerships with the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) in the future.

The National Team Manager hopes that key players like Mahali Jasuli and Putera Nadher Amarhan (Junior Eldstal) would draw a positive attention from the Japanese teams.

“It is a good start for FAM and the Japanese Football Association to work together and have a good working synergy,” Subahan added.

So far, only two Malaysians are plying their trade in a Japanese club; Nazirul Naim and Wan Zack Haikal are both playing for FC Ryukyu in the Japanese third division.

The Malayan Tigers will next face Shonan Bellmare today before Tokyo Verdy on July 31.

They will return to Malaysia on August 1 and will be preparing for the Barcelona face-off nine days later.