Zulfahmi Arifin ready for challenge at ‘great’ Chonburi

Singapore international Zulfahmi Arifin is excited at the challenge ahead of him after signing for Thai League 1 giants Chonburi on Monday.

The 26-year-old became the latest Singaporean to complete a move to Thailand after sealing a transfer from S.League side Hougang United, but is thus far the only one that will be playing in the top flight next season.

Zulfahmi rose to prominence as a creative central midfielder with excellent dead-ball ability, although he has also been deployed as a centre-back more recently both for Hougang and the Singapore national team.

Nonetheless, it is in midfield where he is expected to feature for the Sharks and the left-footed playmaker expressed delight at the new challenge awaiting in the coming year.

“Signing this contract is a great move for my football career,” Zulfahmi said on Chonburi’s official website.

“I know Chonburi FC very well and this team is a great football club of Thailand.

“To play in Thailand will be a challenge for me [and] I’m very familiar with the Thai players, as we have played against one another often in the past.

“My first goal will be to adapt to the style of Chonburi and the Thai League, and I will do my best with this move.”

In completing his move to the Chonburi Stadium, Zulfahmi joins Brazilians Marclei Santos and Ciro as the Sharks’ new imports for 2018, while Ghanaian forward Prince Amponsah has been retained for a third season.

While this marks his first stint playing abroad, the former Garena Young Lions and Home United man has plenty of experience on the international stage having been part of the Lions squad which emerged triumphant at the 2012 AFF Suzuki Cup, as well featuring in the past two editions in 2014 and 2016.

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