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Naim, along with winger Wan Zack Haikal, recently parted ways with Ong Kim Swee's Malaysia Under-23 side to embark on their Japanese adventure after being offered a contract by Ryukyu, who play in Japan Football League - the country's third tier after J.League Divisions 1 and 2.
The duo have started training with the side and watched the first team in action on Saturday against Fukushima United at the Okinawa Stadium, a game which ended in a 1-1 draw.
Unlike Wan Zack, Naim did not go on trial with Ryukyu last year and their offer came as a surprise given the club were previously interested in winger Wan Zaharulnizam, only to decide against signing him given their plethora of options in that department.
And as he embarks on his first real overseas stint, the 19-year-old is aware his latest challenge could prove to be his toughest one yet.
"The training sessions here are extremely intense and competitive compared to those with Harimau Muda," he told FOX Sports.
"They are ten times more intense but enjoyable and exhilarating. Maybe I am just not used to it yet but I am confident this will not be a problem."
Naim and Wan Zack are not the first of the current generation of Malaysian youngsters to sign for a foreign club, after wonderkid Nazmi Faiz joined Portuguese top-flight side Beira-Mar last year, only to return just six months later.
Nazmi cited the "language barrier" and his failure to adapt to the food in Portugal as the main problems that halted his overseas stint, but Naim reveals he faces a different set of problems.
"The main challenge for me is neither the food nor the language," the Perak native revealed. "It is missing my family in Malaysia.
"I have only been here for a week so it is natural that I miss my home. But what's important to me is that I start adapting in order to achieve my goals."
Ryukyu are next in action on Sunday when they take on MIO Biwako Shiga in the league.