Asia 50: Five Malaysians that could make it next year

4. Nazmi Faiz Mansor – Selangor

It is easy to forget that Nazmi is still only 21. The Selangor midfielder broke into the scene as a 17-year-old at the 2011 SEA Games and could be Safiq’s replacement in the national team in years to come.

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The former Harimau Muda starlet was sent to Portuguese side Beira Mar for a stint in 2012 but returned after just six months, citing the club had not paid his wages on time due to their financial position.

He made his debut for PKNS in April 2013 but moved to the Red Giants just one year later, going on to established a starting position with the MSL standouts.

Nazmi, known for his vision and defence-splitting passes, has added defensive capabilities to his armour, something evident in Selangor’s successful 2015 Malaysia Cup campaign.

He has, however, built a reputation for unsporting conduct over the years and that could be his undoing if it’s not kept in check.