Matsuda hopes Malaysian duo will enjoy Ryukyu challenge

By Falah Abdullah & Hideto Shimizu

Harimau Muda A duo Wan Zaharulnizam and Wan Zack Haikal are adapting to life in Japan well, according to FC Ryukyu coach Takeo Matsuda.

After much anticipation following their impressive performance against the Japanese Under-23 men's team in Olympic qualifying, the Malaysian pair finally arrived on the southern island of Okinawa recently in order to try out with the Japan Football League third division club.

"They've got a nose for goal; they're both very good," Matsuda told "This trial is stimulating for both the players and the team. I hope that they can enjoy their challenge in Japan."

Matsuda was also satisfied with how the Malaysians were adjusting off the pitch.

"They've joked a bit with the other players in broken English, and are doing their best to fit in," he elaborated.

The news is sure to be welcomed by both Harimau Muda and FC Ryukyu supporters, who are anticipating that the youngsters will settle in Japan.

"This is my first time trying out in a foreign country," Wan Zaharulnizam told "I would like to learn technique from Japanese footballers."

Meanwhile, team-mate Wan Zack Haikal was hopeful of winning a full-time deal.

"I appreciate this chance to try out in Japan," the 21-year-old said. "I would like to earn a contract in Japan, and furthermore, I would like to make a run towards Europe in the future."

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