Half Malaysian on his father’s side, half Finnish on his mother’s side, 18-year-old Nooa Laine is expected to make his Finnish football top-tier debut this year with his move to the top-flight side Seinäjoen Jalkapallokerho (SJK).
SJK is regarded as the club with the best football facilities in Finland and the Malaysian-Finnish attacking midfielder Nooa Laine is excited about joining their first team.
Nooa Laine has been playing football since he was a young boy, his decision was then, highly influenced by his Malaysian’s fathers passion for football. Nooa Laine speaks in an interview with Goal about his Malaysian roots and how his father passed on his love for football to him.
Nooa Laine is close to his Malaysian heritage through his father and it is something the pair admittedly discuss. His father is from the little village of Batu Laut, in Selangor, Malaysia and the last time he visited there with his father was around the time of World Cup 2010.
Nooa Laine speaks about how he has talked with his father about the possibility of representing Malaysia in football but these talks remain premature and for the time being, they continue to share a passion for the biggest Malaysian club, JDT (Johor Darul Ta’zim)
Nooa Laine has previously represented Finland’s U16 and U17 national team and the midfielder will from now on train with the SJK’s first team, the one-time Veikkausliiga champions.
Noos Laine says that he has dreams of playing abroad in the future but will for now only focus on becoming a regular starter for SJK.