By ERIC SAMUEL
BRISBANE: Has teen sensation Mohd Nazmi Faiz Mansor (pic)turned his back on Primeira Liga side Beira Mar FC?
The talented 18-year-old midfielder, who made headlines when he signed a three-year contract with the Portuguese club last May, returned home on Thursday – leaving the FA of Malaysia (FAM) and the man responsible for his move, Harimau Muda A coach Ong Kim Swee baffled.
“What disappoints me is that he (Nazmi) did not even have the courtesy to inform me of his return.
“It’s sad because we wanted the best for him and even sorted out all the arrangements prior to his move to Portugal,” said Kim Swee after a training session with the Harimau Muda A team at the Carrara Sports Complex here yesterday.
The Harimau Muda A squad are in Brisbane for a four-match playing tour as part of their build-up for the SEA Games in Myanmar (Dec 11-22).
Kim Swee said that he read on the club’s official website that Nazmi had been released for international matches on a six-month loan period.
“This is news to me. I did not ask for his release … and neither did FAM.
“I’m surprised but Nazmi is a professional and has an agent now. We can only assist him.
“Any decision is their call … but it’s a waste that a player of Nazmi’s calibre should leave the club in a huff,” said Kim Swee.
“I don’t know the real reason behind this move.”
Speculation is rife that two local teams – believed to be PKNS FC and Johor Darul Takzim – are interested in signing him for the M-League when the new transfer window opens in April.
Nazmi made heads turn when he, as a 17-year-old, helped Kim Swee’s Under-23 squad emerge champions in SEA Games in Jakarta in 2011.
He was also part of the pre-Olympic squad who made the Asian final rounds.
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