BRISBANE: There is a chance for the Harimau Muda A players to showcase their talents and possibly earn contracts in Australia when they face A-League champions Brisbane Roar FC in a friendly today.
Two players – striker Rozaimi Abdul Rahman and midfielder Mohd Irfan Fazail – will come under close scrutiny.
National Under-23 coach Ong Kim Swee said former Sabah striker Scott Ollerenshaw, who arranged the team’s four-match playing tour of Brisbane, had invited former Australian international-cum-talent scout Brad Maloney to have a look at the two players in the match against Brisbane Roar today.
“Maloney has good contacts with all 10 teams in the A-League. We will furnish him with video tapes of the two players for the A-League teams to have a look at them.
“The A-League is of good quality and with high intensity matches. This will be a good exposure for the boys to mature as they will be playing against physically stronger opponents,” added Kim Swee.
Ollerenshaw, who has settled down in Sabah and operates a travel agency, said the Malaysian players would find Australia a more suitable destination compared to Europe.
“One thing for sure is the boys will not feel home sick. There are many Malaysians over here and they will feel very much at home,” said Ollerenshaw, referring to teenager Mohd Nazmi Faiz’s decision to return to Malaysia on Thursday due to home sickness in Portugal.
Mohd Nazmi only fulfilled six months of his three-year contract with Primeira Liga side Beira Mar. The 19-year-old then signed a contract with Super League side PKNS FC.
The Harimau Muda squad are in Brisbane as part of their build-up to the Myanmar SEA Games in December. In the earlier friendlies, they beat Premier League sides Gold Coast Sharks 5-1 and Brisbane Lions 2-1 but lost 2-1 to Brisbane Olympics.
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