Abbey finally signs for Malaysian side PKNP FC

Author: Beatrice Laryea
Thomas Abbey (left) in a tete-a-tete with an official of the club ahead of the ceremony

Former Accra Hearts of Oak captain Thomas Abbey on Wednesday, January 16 appended his signature to a one-year deal with Malaysian Super League side Perbadanan Kemajuan Negeri Perak (PKNP) FC after two weeks of trials and medicals.

A fortnight ago, the midfielder underwent trials with the Malaysian club but on Wednesday, the 25-year-old midfielder signed the contract  after which he was officially introduced to the leadership of the club and his team mates at a short ceremony.


Thomas Abbey (second left) exchanging the signed document with an official of the club

“I have finally signed for PKNP FC. It’s just for one season but it is renewable. I have been under trails and medicals for the past two weeks and it was successful.  I have also been able to retrieve my ITC [International Transfer Certificate] from my former club, Ismaily FC,” he told Graphic Sports Online over the telephone.

The versatile player terminated his contract with Egyptian side Ismaily FC in July 2018 after joining them in January 2018 on a two-year contract.


Thomas Abbey (right) and team mate, Siyovush Asrorov posed for the cameras after the event

He had been without a club since he parted ways with Ismaily FC.

Abbey is the second Ghanaian to join PKNP FC after Alfred Okai Quaye, formerly of Berekum Chelsea. He was a member of the Black Stars 'B' team that won the WAFU Cup of Nations tournament held in Ghana in 2017.

His fantastic form for Hearts during the 2016/2017 Ghana Premier League season, saw him win the 2017 Sports Writers Association of Ghana (SWAG) Local  Footballer of the Year Award.

The club officials and the players in a photograph after the event