Cambodian hotshot Chan Vathanaka was officially revealed as a Perbadanan Kemajuan Negeri Selangor player on Friday, appearing alongside fellow new signing Gabriel Guerra at a press conference hosted by the Malaysian Super League club.
Speaking to media at the Friday press conference, Vathanaka said he chose PKNS due to their storied reputation. “I chose PKNS because of their reputation. And I want to do well and play well here so I will do my best to get more experience.”
A year after his Pahang FA failure, Vathanaka is set to have a second crack at the Malaysian Super League after tying up a move to PKNS.
The club, based in Petaling Jaya, Selangor, are managed by former Malaysian national football coach K. Rajagopal, who helped Malaysia win the 2009 SEA Games and the AFF Suzuki Cup 2010 a year later. Last season, he helped the squad finish third in the Malaysian Super League.
The 24-year old Vathnaka was signed up by Pahang of the Malaysian Super League between January and May last year – although it was a spell he would want to forget.
His stint at Pahang FA came to an abrupt end in April, a little under five months after making a high profile switch to the Malaysian Premier League (MSL) club.
Vathanaka found himself expendable with the club’s coach Dollah Salleh choosing to replace him with Issey Nakajima. Vathanaka registered a single goal in 12 appearances although he also provided two assists.
Malaysia’s Football Association had announced in 2017 they would be implementing an Asean player quota on a trial basis for five seasons starting from the 2018 season before a review in 2022. Under the new rules, Super League clubs are able to register three foreign players, one Asian player and an Asean player.