Monday, August 29, 2011

Malaysia Stars Set For Premier League..

Two Malaysian stars could soon be given a chance to prove their worth in the Barclays Premier League, according to new QPR owner Tony Fernandes.

Fernandes, a Malaysian entrepreneur who owns budget airline Air Asia, recently completed his takeover of QPR and has already promised to invest heavily in the club.

However, it now seems as though he is looking to also introduce some Asian flair at the club, in the form of compatriot Safee Sali, who is regarded as one of the best players Malaysia have ever produced, as well as another unnamed player.

According to Fernandes, QPR manager Neil Warnock is aware of the talent the 27-year-old striker has, and is considering giving him a chance to prove his worth in person.

"Neil Warnock saw tapes of Safee and he was very impressed," Fernandes told radio station on Sunday.

"We're hoping to bring him and one other over for a trial after the transfer period closes.

"The potential for a Malaysian [footballer] to be noticed is much bigger now that we are here in England."

A huge stumbling block in Safee's potential move is the difficulty in getting work permit to play in England.

The general criteria requires a player to be a regular of his national team who are ranked at least 70th in the FIFA rankings.

However, Fernandes is unfazed by the potential hurdle, and will handle it when the time comes.

"We have some issues with the ranking [of the Malaysia national team] and work permit. [But] we'll deal with it when the time comes."

Safee, who currently plays in Indonesa with Pelita Jaya, has scored sixteen goals in 31 appearances for Malaysia.

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