Lok didn't have time to get nervous on Malaysia debut

Darren Lok was delighted with his debut for his Malaysia in their 0-0 draw with Singapore at the National Stadium on Friday evening.

The English-born striker only received his Malaysian passport in September and was immediately called up by coach Ong Kim Swee and came off the bench in the second half.

"It was great to get on the pitch,” Lok, who has Malaysian-English parentage, told FourFourTwo. “I did not have time to get nervous. I just went out there and tried to work hard and make things happen.”

With Malaysia on the back foot for much of the match against Singapore, the JDT II forward, who was playing in England's sixth tier until recently, did not get an opportunity to turn a memorable evening into a perfect one.

I did not get much of the ball but that will come later, it was just great to get out there,” he said."The lads have been great with me so far and have made me feel very welcome. Everyone has."

It has been a whirlwind few weeks for the 25 year-old and he is hoping to make his first start in next week's friendly against Afghanistan.

“That will be a different game and we will think about that when we get back to Malaysia. Singapore are a good outfit and made us work hard. We are happy with the result and we have to build on this against Afghanistan.”

If Lok does make the pitch against the Lions of Khorosan, his proud father will be watching. “My father arrived in Malaysia today," Lok concluded.

"I don't know if he had the chance to watch the match. I hope he did.”

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