Nazmi, Thamil impressive

NAZMI Faiz Mansor, A. Thamil Arasu, K. Reuben and Rozaimi Abdul Rahman have caught the eye of FC Ryukyu manager Norihiro Satsukawa following the quartet's impressive performance in the national Under-23 team's 3-1 win over the Japanese outfit in Kelana Jaya on Wednesday

"They were very impressive today (Wednesday). Rozaimi and Thamil Arasu are quality strikers while Nazmi's vision and passing is exceptional," said Satsukawa.

"Reuben is a strong player with good defensive qualities. He has a good future if he continues to improve. I would love to have them at my club."

Rozaimi came on as a second half substitute to score a brace while Thamil Arasu headed Malaysia's first goal. Nazmi could only play for 58 minutes but his performance was enough to impress the Okinawa-based club.

Ryukyu are hoping to beef-up their squad ahead of next season's new-look J-Three, which starts in April. National winger Wan Zack Haikal Wan Noor has another year on his contract with Ryukyu while defender Nazirul Naim Che Hashim, who did not play a game in Japan, could be released.

National Under-23 coach Ong Kim Swee said Ryukyu will have to approach the FA of Malaysia (FAM) if they are keen to sign Rozaimi.

Nazmi and Reuben play for PKNS and Armed Forces, respectively, while Thamil Arasu has signed with Selangor for next season.

On the Under-23 side's performance, Satsukawa said Kim Swee has quality players who lack defensive qualities.

"Players do not track back fast enough after a failed attempt in their opponents' half. They also need to improve their passing. But Kim Swee's players are fit and confident," added Satuskawa. NST.

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