Defending champions Lekhwiya have signed Korean international Nam Tae-Hee from French clubValenciennes F.C, a replacement for Iraqi midfielder Nashat Akram, the club announced on Monday.
This was announced by a club official as Lekhwiya prepare for the second phase of the Qatar Stars League (QSL) which commences in second week of January, 2011 and the 2011/2012 Asian Champions League, in which Lekhwiya will be featured for the first time in the club’s short history.
Nam is a current member of the South Korea national under-20 football team and was formerly a member of the U-13, U-15 and U-17. He made his senior national team debut on February 9, 2011 in a friendly against Turkey.
Nam is hailed as the 'Korean Messi' by Valenciennes fans and has also been touted as a 'magician' and 'wonderkid'. He was Most Valuable Player three times in his youth career in the National Championships in South Korea.
Nam became the youngest Korean footballer to play in a professional league in Europe as a result of this game. He is known for his very energetic playing style.