Tampines Rovers' Sahil Suhaimi likely to join Malaysia Super League side Sarawak

Tampines chairman Krishna Ramachandra says they are ready to release the Singapore international.

Sahil Suhaimi
Sahil had been on a one-month training stint with Premier League side Burnley FC http://tampinesroversfc.com/

Malaysia Super League side Sarawak are likely to secure the services of Tampines Rovers forward Sahil Suhaimi to beef up their attack in a bid to avoid relegation and continue playing in the top-tier league.

David Usop's men, who finished eighth last season, are reeling at the 11th spot of the 12-team league after the end of the first half of the season. The side also suffered a big blow last week when their marquee striker Mark Hartmann, who had scored seven goals in his six-month stint at the Sarawak Stadium, announced his departure from the Super League club.

Sarawak thus have become busy in the transfer window, signing former U21 Montenegro international Milos Raickovic to add firepower to their midfield. Sahil has also reportedly started training with Usop's side in Kuching from Saturday as speculations are rife over South Korean midfielder Lee Jong Ho following Hartmann's way out of the team.

Tampines chairman Krishna Ramachandra said the S.League club is ready to release the Singapore international if the latter manages to impress the Sarawak management.

"He [Sahil] asked me for approval [to go to Kuching] and we let him go and do his best. If all is well, we will release him. It is good exposure for him, and we need more Singapore players overseas," Ramachandra said, as quoted by The New Paper.

Despite featuring in only four games for the Stags, after signing on to play only in the AFC Cup, this season, Sahil made best use of his time out by featuring in a one-month-long training stint with Premier League club Burnley FC. The 24-year-old had trained with the Clarets Development Squad during the trip, in which his daily expenses were supported by Ramachandra.