Cambodian national team star Chan Vathanaka scored on his Perbadanan Kemajuan Negeri Selangor debut to help his new employers to a 2-1 friendly win over Perbadanan Kemajuan Negeri Perak at the weekend.
Vathanaka netted with a smart finish just 18 minutes into the first half although PKNS were pegged back before Faizat Ghazli scored the winner for Vathanaka’s new employers late in the second half.
Vathanaka is attempting a second crack at the Malaysian Super League (MSL) 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 now 25-year old Vathanaka 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 MSL club. He scored just once in 12 appearances.
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.