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Izwan heads for trials with Japanese second-tier side https://t.co/fLhOayZbVg https://t.co/maQNJAysEP

Goalkeeper Izwan Mahbud has moved a step closer to becoming the first Singaporean footballer to play in Japan's top leagues. The LionsXII captain confirmed to The Straits Times that he will be leaving tomorrow for trials with second-tier outfit Matsumoto Yamaga. The club, based in Nagano prefecture, were promoted to the 18-team J-League last season, only to be relegated after finishing 16th this year. However, they have maintained a keen interest in Izwan ever since his stellar 18-save outing earned Singapore a shock 0-0 away draw against Japan in a 2018 World Cup qualifier in June in Saitama. The 25-year-old informed the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) yesterday of his decision to take up Yamaga's longstanding offer of a trial. This comes after the LionsXII were knocked out of the Malaysia Cup in the quarter-finals by Pahang on Saturday, which also marked the end ...

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