Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) midfielder Liridon Krasniqi is just a step away from donning the Harimau Malaya jersey.

The 28-year-old is now a naturalised Malaysian citizen.

Liridon would follow in the footsteps of Malaysia’s first naturalised player Mohamadou Sumareh as soon as final approval was obtained from FIFA.

FAM will send the necessary documents regarding confirmation of Liridon as a citizen of Malaysia to FIFA without delay to complete the needed documentation process,” he said.

Liridon added that FAM was thankful to the Home Ministry and Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin for their assistance to get naturalised citizen status for Liridon.

However, such news concerning the 28-year-old newly acquired Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) midfield maestro has received mixed reactions from the Malaysian public on various social media platforms and channels.

While many Netizens praised the fact that national coach Tan Cheng Hoe will be able to further bolster his squad thanks to Krasniqi’s availability for selection which may improve the national team’s chances for the World Cup qualifiers, there were also those who questioned as well as criticised the move.

Liridon set to don Malaysia colours

FAM are targetting for Malaysia to be among the top 100 in the world by 2026. Malaysia are currently in 154th place.

Gambian-born Sumareh is Malaysia’s first naturalised player. He was co-opted into the national squad in July 2018.

Gambian-born Sumareh is Malaysia’s first naturalised player

The lanky winger played an instrumental role in assisting Malaysia reach the final of 2018 ASEAN Football Federation Cup.

Malaysia lost to Vietnam 2-3 on aggregate in the two-legged final.  The next candidate reportedly on FAM’s radar for naturalised players is Perak striker Guilherme De Paula, who is from Brazil.