Fakri Saarani set to sign for Portuguese side Atletico S.C

The national team forward left Malaysia earlier today, as he edges closer towards becoming the second Malaysian to play in the Portuguese league
Former Felda United forward Fakri Saarani is getting closer towards a dream move to Portuguese Third Dvision side Atletico Sport Clube Reguengos (Atletico S.C), with him departing for Portugal earlier today. Fakri initially received the offer last August, but was forced to postpone it due to his AFF Suzuki Cup commitments with the national team.

Nevertheless, Fakri's personal manager Faisal Zakariah confirmed that he will be heading to England for a few days, before travelling to Portugal to finalise the deal.

"He will be departing tomorrow (today) and will be dropping by in England for a few days first. Then he will fly over to Portugal to conclude the deal," he told Utusan Malaysia

"From what I've gathered, Athletico S.C's first match of 2013 will be on the 6th of January and Fakri has a bright chance of featuring in that one if his International Transfer Certificate (ITC) is processed quickly.

If confirmed, Fakri will become the second Malaysian to ply his trade in Portugal, after Nazmi Faiz signed for SC Beira Mar earlier this year.

Capable of playing in any positions upfront, Fakri has often been selected into the national squad by Datuk K. Rajagopal, despite concerns over his consistency. However, there is no denying the fact that Fakri remains a terrific forward when on-song.

Rumours claim that Fakri also received an offer from a unnamed Portuguese First Division side, but he opted for Athletico S.C with hopes of featuring more often.

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