Brunei Darussalam winger Faiq Jefri Bolkiah. PHOTO: FADHIL YUNUS
BY Fadhil Yunus
Brunei Darussalam winger Faiq Jefri Bolkiah has officially joined Primeira Liga club C S Maritimo in his latest career move following a spell in England.
The Portuguese top-tier outfit confirmed his arrival following a contract signing which will put Faiq in contention to be the first player from the country to play professional football in Portugal.
The Bruneian international has spent the last few seasons with Leicester City mainly for the under-23 side, although he did not make a single appearance for the senior team in the English Premier League.
“I feel proud and happy to join the best team on the island. I’ve been here for two days and learnt about the history of this club,” said Faiq Jefri Bolkiah in an interview.
“I feel like this place can lead me to the direction I want in my football career,” he added.
“I look forward to progress as quickly as possible and train hard.”
On his qualities, he said, “I’m fast, direct and I like to get at players and make things happen. I’m a winger and I like to score goals.”
The new Primeira Liga season kicked off on September 18 with Maritimo starting their campaign with a 2-0 loss over Santa Clara.
Faiq’s new employers host Tondela tomorrow at the Estadio dos Barreiros before meeting Portuguese giants Porto away at the Estadio do Dragao on October 4.
The 22-year-old has also been in the books of Chelsea and Arsenal after his playing days as a youth in AFC Newbury and Southampton.
Faiq represented the national team on six occasions after making his debut on 2016 and scored a goal.
He is expected to be joined by Johor Darul Takzim attacker Safawi Rasid in Portugal, with the Malaysian international reportedly engaged in talks with Portimonense.
Maritimo reached consecutive finals in the Taca da Liga in 2015 and 2016, falling narrowly short of the title following losses to Benfica on both occasions.
Last season, the Funchal-based club finished 11th in the 18-team league, which was won by Porto.
-- Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin