Striker Luqman picks Iceland club for more playing minutes

New kid on the block: National striker Luqman Hakim Shamsudin wearing the Njardvik jersey.

PETALING JAYA: National striker Luqman Hakim Shamsudin will become the first Malaysian to play in Iceland after joining Njardvik on loan for a season.

Luqman will be plying his trade in Iceland’s second division this year.

Njardvik said they have agreed to a year-long loan from Luqman’s current club KV Kortrijk based in Belgium.

Luqman joined Kortrijk in 2020 and made two senior appearances with the Belgian club but mostly featured with their reserve and Under-21 teams.

Throughout this season, Luqman has only made one appearance with Kortrijk, which was on Oct 22, when he was included as a substitute in the last minute of the match against Westerloo.

Getting the chance to make regular appearances on the pitch is perhaps the main reason why Luqman decided to temporarily migrate to Iceland.

Njardvik play in the second division in the Icelandic football league pyramid, known as Lengjudeild Karla.

Luqman’s arrival at the Icelandic club was officially announced through a special video shared on social media welcoming the young player’s arrival.

Through a statement uploaded to the club’s website, Njardvik also expressed their pride for successfully signing a player who is considered an interesting player to watch.

The 20-year-old, who has two senior caps, was previously included in The Guardian’s list of 60 best young footballers in the world for 2019.

“Luqman has arrived in Iceland and we can’t wait to see him in action,” said Njardvik.

“Coming from Malaysia, Luqman is an attacking player who has a total of two caps for Malaysia, as well as countless junior caps.

“Luqman has already arrived and we hope fans will enjoy following this exciting player in the green jersey.”

Luqman featured for Malaysia in the Vietnam SEA Games last year but the team missed out on the bronze after his spotkick was saved as Malaysia conceded defeat 3-4 to Indonesia.

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