Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Nazmi Faiz Mansur: signs contract with Portuguese top flight club

PETALING JAYA: Malaysian Mohd Nazmi Faiz has successfully secured a three-year contract with Portuguese top flight football club Beira-Mar yesterday. 

The 17-year-old Nazmi, who underwent a three-day trial in Portugal, has passed his test with flying colours and landed himself a three-year deal until 2015-16 season. 

His agent Marco Guimaraes confirmed the deal and the Malaysian is expected to start with his new club ahead of the new season on July 3. 

National Under-23 coach Ong Kim Swee said Nazmi’s success is a new era for Malaysian football. 
“This is the beginning for better things to come for our playes. I am proud of Nazmi’s achievement and there are several of our young players being targeted for trials in Portugal,” said Kim Swee from Slovakia yesterday. 

He said the Harimau Muda project had proved to be a success with the young players being sent for trials with Vion FC in Slovakia earlier this year. 

“The stints in Slovakia are beginning to bear fruit. Nazmi’s club is not a normal Division One club but a huge and significant one in Portugal. 

“Portugal are fifth in the FIFA ranking and this is great opportunity for our boys to prove their worth to the world,” said Kim Swee. 

Nazmi was a last minute inclusion to the national Under-23 squad prior to the SEA Games in Jakarta last November. 

He was roped in from the Harimau Muda B (Under-19) squad under Ismail Ibrahim due to several injuries to key midfielders in the Under-23 squad. Nazmi played a pivotal role as Malaysia went on to defend the gold medal. 

It is learnt the Portuguese club were impressed after seeing videos of Nazmi in action for Malaysia during the Asian Zone Olympic final round qualifiers earlier this year.

*Taken from The Star Online

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