Frenchman hopes to strike it big this time with Penang


Back for more: Ousmane Fane in action for UiTM in 2020.

PETALING JAYA: Lanky French midfielder Ousmane Fane has unfinished business in Malaysia and looks to settle them with Penang in the Super League.

Two seasons ago, the 29-year-old played for UiTM and impressed with his domineering displays in the middle of the park. What stood out the most was his tremendous work rate.

After the season ended, he was eyed by several clubs in Malaysia, but Fane could not broker a deal and eventually joined English League One club Morecambe last year.

Once his contract ended with Morecambe, his eyes were set on Malaysia, and he got the deal with the Panthers for the 2023 Super League.

Fane is delighted to be back and looks forward to a fruitful season with the club.

“After leaving Malaysia, my thought was to return to the Super League. It was my wish to be back. Towards the end of last season, Penang spoke to me, and discussions went quickly after the Malaysia Cup,” said the Parisian.

“It feels like I have some unfinished business in Malaysia, and I am glad the Penang deal happened. Penang is a new city for me, so I have to settle in quickly with the club and environment.

“We got a new team, a lot of new players, but the manager (coach Manzoor Azwira) is trying to do everything to get us to click. I hope we will understand each other and be one together to fight for the badge of the club.”

With his signing, many expect Fane to be the key man in midfield for Penang, but the former Oldham Athletic player said the competition in midfield is right.

Plus, Penang have recruited nine foreigners but only five can be fielded, so he has to shine to ensure he is one of those selected.

“Being the main defensive midfielder will be a little too soon to say. I expect to give my best for the team, but I also know Penang have many foreigners.

“You have to fight and win your place on the pitch, there is no guaranteed place.

“I want to help the club achieve a good position in the league. Top seven, I think it is not impossible if we work hard together and believe.

“I want to drive the team forward and provide stability in the middle. I want to play as much as possible, help the team win games and score a few goals this time.

“We need to dream big to achieve good things.”

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