Naturalised midfielder ready to turn playmaker for Harimau Malaya

Adjustment period: Paulo Josue says he is adapting to Harimau Malaya’s system and style.

PETALING JAYA: Paulo Josue’s actions speak louder than his words on the pitch as Malaysian football fans have been feasted with his customary set-pieces and long-range shots with Kuala Lumpur.

Now a naturalised player, the 33-year-old midfielder is looking forward to doing the same for Harimau Malaya and is slowly assimilating to the ways of coach Kim Pan-gon during training sessions.

And he loves life as a Malaysian.

“I am happy and honoured to be part of the team.

“I want to do something for the country. I hope to give some good performances,” he said.

“I am adapting to coach Kim’s system and style. Everything is going well.

“In the past, I used to say I spent 30 years as a Brazilian. Now, I am a Malaysian.

“I am gelling with the culture and country and I will get used to it.

“As for ‘Negaraku’, I’ve listened to the song for six years and I am slowly learning it. I can’t wait to make my debut for my new country.”

Many believe Josue can be the No. 10 (playmaker) for the national team thanks to his attacking instincts, but he wants to do his part by helping the team prosper.

“I cannot assure you I can solve the problem but I will work and solve it.

“Quality is there and other players can play that role too.”

His roommate is another newly naturalised player Endrick dos Santos as coach Pan-gon looks to try out both the Brazilian-born players.

Josue said being with Dos Santos feels good as they have always played against each other in the league.

“We never played together but I like his playing style a lot,” said Josue.

“We have played against each other for five to six years already.

“I hope we can deliver some good performances for the team.

“It all depends on the coach’s trust.

“If he chooses me for the line-up, I will try to give my best and assist the boys.”

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