PKNP FC have confirmed the departure of club captain Shahrel Fikri to Thai League 1 team Nakhon Ratchasima. The forward left Malaysia today for a loan stint until the end of the Thai League season in October.
Shahrel who has scored nine goals in all competitions for club from Ipoh will be moving on the best wishes of the club despite their involvement with the Super League and FA Cup.
Assistant team manager Arfrenddy Arasad told Goal that the move is in line with the purpose of the club and that they wish Shahrel the best of luck in Thailand.
"PKNP have always been a club that give chances to young players and try to build the up to be the best they can and this move is a vindication of the work we've done."
"Even though we made the decision with a heavy heart because we value the quality of Shahrel, we decided that the move is one that is beneficial for his career," said Arfrenddy.
PKNP still have a FA Cup semi-final second leg to contest against Pahang with the score tied at 1-1 after the first leg but will now have to do so without Shahrel's services.
Meanwhile in the league, PKNP are five points ahead of Negeri Sembilan who are sitting in the relegation zone and are yet to confirm their safety for next season.
However Arfrenddy is optimistic that even without Shahrel, coach Abu Bakar Fadzrie will find the right formula to keep the team in the top division.
"I'm confident that coach Burn will use his knowledge to bring the best out of the team. This is also a chance for the younger to take Shahrel's place and aspire to reach the same heights," added Arfrenddy.