Neighbourly love – 11 sensational Southeast Asian imports in Malaysia

Malaysia has welcomed its fair share of imports from neighbouring countries in Southeast Asia, with players largely coming from Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia and to a lesser extent Myanmar. FourFourTwo picked out 11 names you’re sure to remember…

BAMBANG PAMUNGKAS

Andik Vermansyah has been with Selangor longer and is also a fan favourite, but Bambang will always be the Red Giants’ first Indonesian love – and Andik will forever be compared to this legendary forward.

A household name back home because of his goal scoring exploits for club and country, Bambang arrived in 2005 together with Elie Aiboy (featured below) for Selangor’s 2005 Malaysia Premier League campaign after the side missed out on promotion the season prior.

Bambang fired 23 goals in 24 matches en route to winning the second-tier league title and scored a further 18 in other competitions as they club won the FA Cup and Malaysia Cup, completing the Shah Alam-based outfit’s treble.

He wasn’t as prolific in his second season as Selangor failed to repeat their 2005 exploits. Bambang returned to Persija Jaya in 2007 and still plays for the club today, although he had a brief stint at Pelita Bandung Raya in 2014.

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