Prodigy Kogi's a wanted man in Malaysian football

Talented midfielder Kogileswaran Raj is wanted by Pahang, Kuala Lumpur (KL), Project 2017 and another top MSL club...

Touted as among the best in his generation, it is no surprise the former Malaysia under-16 star is attracting admirers.

He has already signed on the dotted line with Pahang  among the select few of his generation to get a place with the first team squad of a Malaysia Super League (MSL) club – but that may not be the end of it as Malaysian under-23 coach Frank Bernhardt is in the process of assembling a full-time squad to prepare for the 2017 SEA Games.

On top of that, Malaysia Premier League (MPL) side KL are expected to claim a stake in the player due to an archaic Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) rule that requires all Harimau Muda trainees to return to their home state team and sign for a year with a minimum 30 per cent increase in wages.

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The FAM status committee will decide the fate of the player if KL make an official claim. The same applies for Syahrul Azwari’s transfer to Sarawak as Kelantan insist on him playing for the Red Warriors.

FourFourTwo understands another top MSL club is monitoring the situation and hope to snatch the wonder kid away from both Pahang and KL. According to a source, the club is trying to reach out to Kogileswaran’s parents.

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“I have signed for Pahang, but at the same time I’d love to be part of Malaysia’s 2017 SEA Games campaign. I leave it to FAM and Pahang to discuss my future if I’m selected for the Project 2017 team,” said Kogileswaran.

“As for talk of KL, it’s best I let Pahang handle the situation. It’s confidential so I'd rather not talk about it.”

Better known as ‘Kogi’, the Klang Valley lad gained admirers in Malaysia’s 2015 Under-17 World Cup qualifying campaign, where the Malaysians went closest ever to reaching a World Cup of any sorts. Kogi and teammates fell 2-1 to Australia at the last hurdle when a win would have put the Malaysians in the World Cup and among the best four Under-17 sides in Asia.

Kogi, who was listed in FourFourTwo’s five former Harimau Muda players to look out for the 2016 MSL campaignwas named among the three most valuable players at the 2014 Nike All Asia Football Camp in Doha, which comprised of 60 participants.

He was also part of the Malaysian side that won the AFF Under-15 title in 2013.