Mat Yo feeling youthful in Thailand


  • Football
  • Monday, 20 Jan 2020

PETALING JAYA: Norshahrul Idlan Talaha’s move to Thai club Bangkok Glass (BG) Pathum United has been lauded by former national coach B. Sathianathan, who said the player deserved the move after years of playing in the Malaysian League.

Even though he is on the wrong side of 30, the player fondly known as Mat Yo to Malaysian fans, has decided to try out a new league to further develop his game.

Sathianathan said the national player, who has won 80 caps for the nation, had made the right choice to move to Bangkok.

“I have known him since he was 18. He is a real professional, ” said Sathianathan, who now coaches Selangor in the Super League.

“Mat Yo has no problems in training and gives 100%. Just because he is going to turn 34 doesn’t mean he is going to fade.

“He is still a good player.

“It is good to see him going there. It shows that age does not matter when you play overseas. He is an example to all our players. Don’t be too comfortable in Malaysia. Go to Thailand, Vietnam, and Japan, play in their leagues.”

After not extending his stay with Super League club Pahang, the nimble-footed striker was linked to some clubs in the Premier League as critics claimed that he was not good enough to play in the Super League.

However, the move to BG Pathum United has proven them wrong.

Sathianathan went on to say the player can play high-level football for the next three years.

Norshahrul is a popular player in the country thanks to his dribbling and holding skills.

In the Thai club’s official Facebook page, Norshahrul said he was happy to have found a club outside of Malaysia for the first time.

“I am very happy to be part of the BG Pathum United team. I’m very excited to play in Thailand, ” said the player, who is usually media-shy.

He joins the team under the Asean player quota. Each team in the Thai League is allowed to have four Asean players and three other foreigners but only allowed to field four on match day.

BG Pathum United were the Thai League 2 champions last year and were promoted to the top division.

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