Japan, Denmark, Australia - S.League players who moved beyond Southeast Asia
Wan Zack Haikal
Part of the Harimau Muda A squad that competed in the S.League in 2012, Wan Zack impressed Singaporean audiences with his pace and skill on the flanks.
After impressing in an Olympic qualifying defeat to Japan, FC Ryukyu came calling
Capable of playing on either wing, his ability to beat men for fun made him a key man under head coach Ong Kim Swee, with only four other outfield players bettering his 17 appearances.
Wan Zack was the team’s third-highest scorer with five goals as they finished a very credible fourth out of 13 teams, just one point behind third-placed Albirex Niigata (S).
His good form carried over to the national team and after impressing in an Olympic qualifying defeat to Japan, FC Ryukyu came calling with a trial offer. Wan Zack subsequently made his mark and was offered a two-year contract in April 2013 by the Japanese third-tier side.
However, injury disrupted his spell in the Japan Football League, where he made 10 appearances and scored twice.
Wan Zack, now 25, returned home a year later to join Malaysian giants Kelantan FA, ending his brief overseas sojourn.