Singapore S.League side Balestier Khalsa have signed three Myanmar footballers in an attempt to beef up their squad ahead of the 2017 season.
According to Today Online, Balestier head coach Marko Kraljevic has confirmed signing Myanmar international forwards, 25-year-old Nanda Linn Kyaw Chit from Yadanarbon FC and Aung Kyaw Naing, 22, from Nay Pyi Taw FC to strengthen their attack. The players were training with the Tigers on Tuesday evening at Toa Payoh Stadium.
We are delighted to announce the arrival of Myanmar internationals Nända Linn Kyäw Chit (Left) and Aung Kyaw Naing (Right) in Singapore on Monday (13 February) afternoon. They underwent medical on Tuesday morning and are due to start training with the team in the afternoon. Nändä and Aung were in the Myanmar squad during the 2014 AFF Suzuki Cup Group B Stage where Singapore were the host. Thailand and Malaysia were the other teams in that group. Aung was in the Myanmar Under-23 squad when Singapore hosted the SEA Games in June 2015. Myanmar won silver, while Singapore were knocked out. Subject to both clearing their medical, fitness, work pass and transfer papers, Nändä (30-year-old) from Yadarnabon FC and Aung (23) from Nay Pyi Taw FC look set to be the first Myanmar players to sign for the S.League. . . #halatigers #Foreignplayers
Myanmar 25-year-old attacking midfielder Kyaw Zayar Win is expected to join his countrymen in the next few days.
In his interview with Today Online, Croatian tactician Kraljevic said they have signed the attacking minded threesome to sort out the team's goal scoring woes.
"They are all attacking-minded because what we need is somebody to put the ball in the net," said Kraljevic. Usually, we bring [foreigners in] from Europe, but we are looking for a different direction.
"After the end of last season, we already started looking at options. We’ve tracked them for a few months. They are very skillful, very fast in transition and hardworking. We’ve signed them to be in the first team.
"Hopefully, together with the young local boys we’ve signed, we can achieve something."
New signings Nanda and Aung said they were both happy to be playing in Singapore.
"Two weeks ago, I was informed of the offer from Balestier," said Nanda. "I am so excited and happy. "Singapore is a very nice country – I like it because it’s hot sometimes and cold at other times."
Aung said he was hoping to gain more experience with his new career move. "I want to gain more experience, so I want to go a foreign country. When my agent told me about Balestier’s offer, I told him I wanted to play there."