Hardier Hadi happy to extend stay in Japan

Malaysia’s Muhammad Hadi Fayyadh Abdul Razak (second right) celebrating with teammate Muhammad Syahmi Safari after scoring the second goal while against Timor Leste during the SEA Games group A match at Rizal Memorial Stadium in Manila yesterday. IZZRAFIQ ALIAS / The Star. December 2, 2019.

PETALING JAYA: National Under-23 striker Hadi Fayyadh Abdul Razak will stay sunny in the Land of the Rising Sun for one more year.

Japanese second division club Fagiano Okayama have confirmed that the 20-year-old has penned an extension with them.

Hadi has been with the club since 2018 and even though he has not featured with the first team, he is highly rated by the club’s staff.

He is glad to continue his stay and has vowed to raise his game in the new season.

“I want to be a better professional, and I’m learning just that in Japan. I’m happy to stay on, and I would like to thank the management for having faith in me,” said the former Johor Darul Ta’zim player.

“I would also like to thank Yakult Malaysia, who has helped me with my stay here. I’ll do my best to improve and work on my weaknesses. God willing, 2021 will be my best year!”

Yakult Malaysia’s managing director Hiroshi Hamada said Fagiano decided to renew Hadi’s contract because of his commitment during training and also his performance in the youth and reserve leagues in the last few months.

“They believe that by giving him a chance to stay on, he will improve further and help the club do better next season.

“There will be a special plan for Hadi next year, but it is still under discussion. I will announce to the media soon once we get permission from Fagiano.

“Just like any of the youngsters who play in the Japanese league, usually they will reach their top level at the age of 25. So, time is on Hadi’s side.”

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