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Singapore goalkeeper Izwan signs for Thai League 2 club

Singapore international and Tampines Rovers custodian Izwan Mahbud has signed for Thai League 2 side Nongbua Pitchaya.  

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The goalkeeper completed his transfer on Thursday and will become the second Singaporean to play in the Thai second tier next season after Army United's Hassan Sunny.

The most important thing is to challenge myself, good players always challenge themselves to play better

- Izwan

Speaking to FourFourTwo, the 27-year-old said he is looking forward to the new experience.

"It feels great. It is time for me to get out of my comfort zone, see the world and try to better my game outside," said Izwan.

"The most important thing is to challenge myself, good players always challenge themselves to play better and this is better for me.

"I am an open-minded person, of course it will be hard to adapt but i will try to adapt as soon as possible to the place and culture."

The former Lions XII goalkeeper catapulted to fame during Singapore's 0-0 stalemate with Japan where he made a series of stunning saves to earn the Lions a remarkable point. This opened the door to a training stint with J2 side Matsumoto Yamaga in 2015.

He then joined Tampines in 2016.

"I'm very grateful for the club for the past two years, the fans, the backroom staff, the chairmen, both former and current. They have been supporting me in everything I do, it has been a privilege to play for a big club like Tampines," said Izwan.

"Goalkeepers don't get this chance very often so this was a big thing for me," he added.

"When you go to other countries as a foreign player, you have to perform at your very best, give your hundred per cent. It's going to be tough but I think I will adapt very well there."