By SHAMSHUL FITRI
PKNS president Noor Hisham Mohd Ghouth presented their new midfielder to the media yesterday and the 18-year-old Nazmi will wear the No. 33 jersey.
The announcement by PKNS contradicts Beira Mar’s statement on their website, published on Thursday, which said that Nazmi was being released for six months for national assignments.
It was an odd pick by Nazmi, who inked a three-year contract with Portuguese top-flight club Beira Mar last July.
Asked why he chose to come back, Nazmi dodged the question, insisting the decision was made on his own accord.
“I chose to come back. I made the decision myself and I think it’s the best for me,” said Nazmi, who was accompanied by agent Marco Guimares at the PKNS FC ground yesterday.
“I had a good experience in Portugal but I think it’s better for me to come back.”
PKNS manager Azmi Adnan was all smiles at the press conference yesterday, relishing the chance to get Nazmi in the starting line-up against Felda United on Feb 16.
“We’ll register him with FAM on Monday and hopefully he can play for us as soon as possible,” he said.
The Malaysian League transfer window reopens in April. A player signed before then is ineligible to play for the team.
A team, however, can promote a player from their President’s Cup (Under-21) squad to play with the senior team outside the transfer window.
Since PKNS do not have a President’s Cup team, they are eligible to add another Under-21 player to their 35-man roster outside the transfer period.
“We have registered 29 players in our team thus far and Nazmi will be our 30th player. Hopefully, all will be ironed out when we meet with the FAM on Monday,” said Azmi.
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