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Moffi’s move opens door for Luqman at KVK

22 Sep 2020 / 07:00 H.

BELGIUM first division team KV Kortrijk (KVK) and French Ligue 1 side Lorient have agreed on a €8 million (RM38m) transfer for Terem Moffi.

Lorient beat several top clubs, namely Anderlecht as well as Galatasaray, for the promising striker.

Kortrijk, owned by Malaysian business tycoon Tan Sri Vincent Tan, signed Moffi on a three and a half years deal in January this year for only US$150,000 (RM720,000).

The centre-forward scored five goals in nine league matches for KVK since his arrival from Lithuania.

Moffi’s departure to France comes on the back of Malaysia’s Luqman Hakim Shamsudin’s move to KVK.

The Kelantan born striker, who made it into a list of 60 of the best young talents in world football by British newspaper the Guardian, signed a five-year deal in September 2019 and was suppose to join the club upon turning 18 in March this year. But because of the Covid-19 pandemic, Luqman only relised his dream this July.

Luqman had previously trained with English Championship side Cardiff City, also owned by Tan, for three months.

The teenager continued his meteoric rise by finding the back of the net as Kortrijk defeated BX Brussels 2-1 in a friendly match in Belgium early this month.

It was Luqman’s second time on the score sheet after scoring his maiden goal during the club’s 4-1 defeat to KRC Gent at the end of last month.

On Luqman’s move to Kortrijk, club owner Tan revealed that the Belgian side had initially been reluctant to sign the forward because of his young age.

“It was a big decision by the club, to give him a five-year contract,” Tan said.

“The management thought that he is too young, but as the owner I said ‘we’ll give him a chance.’

“I told the club that they must let him play instead of simply benching him. He needs to prove to the coaches that he’s good enough.

“As the owner, I decided to give an opportunity to another Malaysian. And the club need to train him and give him opportunities,” Tan added.

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