Hafiz signs with BBCU
He will follow in the footsteps of Singapore goalkeeper Hassan Sunny, who turned out for Army United in the top flight for two years. The first Singaporean to play in Thailand was Jonny Wilkinson, who joined INSEE Police UTD in 2012.
He's a good player and impressed us during the trial and he is also a player that can fulfil the ASEAN quota. He would be able to play a part for us
Hafiz had trialled with BBCU in December and impressed them sufficiently to earn a one-year contract, after passing his medical test on Tuesday
Previously, any club in the Thai second division has been allowed to register five foreign players, with at least one possessing Asian nationality. Only four though — including the player of Asian origin — would be allowed on the pitch at any one time.
However under proposed changes, clubs from the second tier and below can now field five foreigners, provided that the fifth is of ASEAN origin.
This worked in Hafiz’s favour, BBCU team manager Veerayooth Bhodharamic told FourFourTwo Thailand.
“He's a good player and impressed us during the trial and he is also a player that can fulfil the ASEAN quota. He would be able to play a part for us,” he said.