16-year-old German left-back dreams of playing for Malaysia; to apply for citizenship

Malaysia Joshua

Joshua Johan Bechler, a 16-year-old footballer of Malaysian-German parentage, has revealed that he would love to represent the Malaysia national football team one day.

The teenager currently plays as left-back for German club SG Rot-Weiss Frankfurt with their U-17 squad and has a target of playing for the Malaysia national team, including at the youth level.

Bechler, younger brother of Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) III goalkeeper Julian Johan Bechler, has already submitted necessary documents to the FAM with the intention of applying for Malaysian citizenship, according to Bernama News Agency. 

Malaysia had earlier this month revealed that they were considering two Europe-based players to represent Harimau Malaya. They had said that a 21-year-old playing in Germany and an 18-year-old playing in England were being considered for the national team set-up.

Meanwhile, Malaysia U-18 coach Brad Maloney said that Joshua will have to be assessed in order to consider him for the national team.

“All players need to be assessed first before they can join my team. I don’t know much about him, so I have to investigate first,” Maloney, who is preparing his side for the AFF U-18 Championship 2019 to be held in Vietnam from August 6 to 19, told Bernama.