Izwan departs to Japan for Matsumoto Yamaga trial

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Izwan Mahbud Singapore

international goalkeeper has traveled to  to begin a one-week trial with Japanese club .

The 25-year-old custodian, who has been on the radar of the J.League side, left Singapore on Tuesday morning.

Matsumoto Yamaga expressed interest in signing the shot-stopper after impressing during 2018 World Cup qualifiers when he made 18 saves as Singapore managed to hold Japan to a goalless draw in Saitama last June.

“It will be a great experience and exposure and I’m honoured that a J.League club have shown their interest in me,” Izwan told The New Paper.

“I will go there with an open mind, do my best and hopefully impress enough to earn an offer.

“For sure, I’m not going there for a holiday. I’m ready in terms of match fitness as the LionsXII season has just ended. Communication will be a bit difficult but I will try to learn some simple Japanese terms as soon as possible.”

Izwan, who won the 2012 AFF Suzuki Cup with The Lions, will become the first Singaporean to play in Japan if he is successful on the trial.