Malaysia has taken the decision not to allow any foreigners to ply their trade in the domestic league from next season, in a drastic attempt to improve the quality of young homegrown players.
“The council felt that with the presence of foreign players, local players have not been given the opportunity,” said Khairy Jamaluddin, deputy president of the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM).
FAM, which wrapped up its council meeting over the weekend, reached a unanimous decision to keep out foreign talent indefinitely from the Malaysian Super League.
But the report also cited unnamed FAM officials as saying that the main reason for giving foreign players the boot was the poor financial state that the teams were in.
“Many are having problems paying salaries and they can't cope, so it is best that we do away with foreign players until the problems are solved,” a FAM council member was quoted as saying in the media.
Nauseb tells KickOff.com that he is keeping his options wide open and that there remains a possibility of joining First Division Coastal Stream side Ikapa Sporting, where he is training for the past month.
“I have been training with Ikapa for over a month now. In fact, I have been training with the club since the very first day of pre-season. Though we have a verbal agreement, I have yet to sign,” says Nauseb.
KickOff has gathered that there remains a possibility that Nauseb could link up with Bay United or move to Angola.
“I was supposed to go to Malaysia, but that has fallen through now. But I have no reason to worry because I am confident that come the start of the new season I will definitely be playing. I am still focused on continuing with my career,” he says.
The 34-year-old is also hopeful that he could get a call-up to the Brave Warriors ahead of the friendly match against Bahrain.