JDT II striker Darren Lok has managed to get himself into Datuk Ong Kim Swee’s national squad for Malaysia’s upcoming friendly matches against Singapore and Afghanistan, less than week after receiving his Malaysian passport.
The news was confirmed by the Malaysian national team Twitter account earlier today and Darren will be required to report for national duty at Wisma FAM in Kelana Jaya, tomorrow.
RASMI: Pemain JDT II, Darren Lok, 26, disenarai @OKS_HarimauMsia sebagai pemain ke-26 ke latihan pusat skuad Harimau Malaysia bermula esok pic.twitter.com/gG8exPChZB
— Harimau Malaysia (@HarimauMY) September 26, 2016
The half-Malaysian player has been on OKS’ radar since June, when he first signed for JDT II, though a delay in processing his Malaysian citizenship meant that Darren could not get competitive action under his belt.
Last week, merely a day after OKS announced his squad, Darren received his Malaysian passport, before making his debut for JDT II in their Premier League tie against Kuala Lumpur.
While he failed to find the back of the net, Darren’s performance was encouraging as he was constantly involved in the game, showed glimpses of his ability by making attacking runs and even trying his luck with a couple of shots.
His performance was more than enough to convince Ong, who then filed a last-gasp request to pull the English-born striker into the national team set-up