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Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek warns any overseas Malaysian footballers to quickly adapt to their new team in order to play well

Malaysian footballers who have a chance to play in other countries must quickly learn to adapt to the new environment, Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek said.

Commenting on two Young Tigers players, Wan Zaharulnizam and Wan Zack Haikal, who have received offers from FC Ryukyu in Japan, he said that both players must be prepared to be more independent. The players must be ready to face homesickness, missing home-cooked food, a different climate, new weather, new languages and many more issues in order for them to adjust well with their new team.

Both players have been offered two-year contracts directly by the club, without the involvement of any agents.

Speaking to Bernama, he said, "It needs a certain amount of mental strength for the players to ply their trade in another country with completely different environment. They must adapt fast."

This comment also comes after the breaking news of Malaysian wonderkid, Nazmi Faiz, who left Portuguese club SC Beira-Mar to join Selangor PKNS.