Izwan ready for stiff test

Goalie shuns Home comforts and higher pay for the challenge of playing top-flight Thai football

Singapore goalkeeper Izwan Mahbud in action for Thai League 2 side Nongbua Pitchaya. He has signed for League 1 outfit Trat, and will be one of four Singaporeans in the Thai top tier next season. ST PHOTO: FACEBOOK/ NONGBUA PITCHAYA
Singapore goalkeeper Izwan Mahbud in action for Thai League 2 side Nongbua Pitchaya. He has signed for League 1 outfit Trat, and will be one of four Singaporeans in the Thai top tier next season. ST PHOTO: FACEBOOK/ NONGBUA PITCHAYA

After two years plying his trade in Thailand, where the learning curve was steep, Izwan Mahbud was presented with an opportunity to come home.

It would have made financial sense and also placed him back in his comfort zone in familiar surroundings but the Singapore No. 1 has opted to continue testing his abilities as a footballer.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 02, 2020, with the headline 'Izwan ready for stiff test'. Subscribe