Football: J-League club keen on S'pore keeper Izwan Mahbud after stunner in Saitama

Singapore goalkeeper Izwan Mahbud during the 2018 World Cup qualifying football match against Japan.
Singapore goalkeeper Izwan Mahbud during the 2018 World Cup qualifying football match against Japan.PHOTO: REUTERS

MATSUMOTO - It is just one week after his stunning performance against Japan, and Singapore goalkeeper Izwan Mahbud already has an invite to train with a J-League team.

Newly-promoted Matsumoto Yamaga, who are 14th in the 18-team J-League after 16 games, are keen on seeing the shot-stopper up close.

Yamaga's vice-president Yoshiyuki Kato said: "It's hard to judge from one game, but he had a dominating performance. The way he threw himself about and kept his concentration throughout was very impressive.

"We would like to see him in practice."

Asked if that was invite for the custodian, Kato said: "Yes."

Kato was speaking at a press conference to unveil the three Singapore Under-14 players who are joining the Japanese outfit for a week-long training stint.

The trio of Elijah Lim, Nur Adam Abdullah, and Hamizan Hashim will train with the club's youth team over three sessions. This is a result of Epson Singapore's sponsorship of the Football Association of Singapore. Epson have been sponsors of Yamaga since 2008.

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