Exclusive: Portugal-bound Syamer thrilled to realise his European dream
The 20-year-old Syamer and JDT defender Dominic Tan both leave for Portuguese third division club Vilaverdensen FC in a year-long stint on Friday.
Syamer, who broke into the Penang squad last year before making his international bow under former Malaysia coach Nelo Vingada, is relishing the prospect of being in Europe to further himself as a footballer.
Iâm delighted to go (to Portugal) as itâs always been a dream of mine to play abroad- Syamer Kutty Abba
Southern Tigers owner Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim had previously told FourFourTwo of his intentions to send youngsters abroad and the club, in December, announced new signing Syamer would be among them.
The details, however, were sketchy and there was no mention of the move until a confirmation on Thursday, a day before Syamer and Tan were to leave.
"I'm really happy that this move to Portugal has been finally confirmed. Iâm delighted to go there as itâs always been a dream of mine to play abroad,â Syamer told FourFourTwo.
âI will improve and learn as much as I can there. This is why I joined JDT, who are a top side in Southeast Asia â¦ they have given me this opportunity to become a better player.â
The youngster shone in a tough year for Penang
Syamer, who only joined JDT from Penang at the end of the 2017 Malaysia Super League campaign, has been talking about his ambitions to play outside of Malaysia as far back as June last year.
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I wasnât part of the first 11 as much as I would have hoped for, but I need to improve more
The former Harimau Muda C trainee got plenty of playing time during Penangâs doomed 2017 season, when they were relegated.
He was then a key figure in the Malaysia Under-22 side that finished runners-up at the 2017 SEA Games in August.
He also broke into the national team and made his debut in Malaysiaâs 2-0 defeat to Hong Kong in the 2019 Asian Cup qualifiers in October. He made a second start in the 4-1 loss to North Korea the following month.
To top off his dream run, Syamer was part of the Malaysia Under-23 squad that reached the 2018 AFC Under-23 Championship quarter-finals, the furthest Malaysia has gone in continental competitions.
Syamer made his full national team debut in 2017
He did not start any matches, with Daniel Amier Norhisham in sparkling form ahead of him, but Syamer got a fair bit of playing time off the bench.
âThe exposure we got there was really good â¦ the intensity of matches was high too, which is what youâd come to expect when 16 of the best Asian sides play,â said Syamer.
âI wasnât part of the first 11 as much as I would have hoped for, but I need to improve more. I was happy to be part of the team nevertheless.â
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