5 Rookies in OKS Squad

There are five new call ups in the national Football squad squad named by coach Dato Ong Kim Swee.
The national team will be assembled to prepare for matches against Singapore ( Oct 7) and Afghanistan ( Oct 11) ahead of the AFF Cup on November 19.
They are Mohd Fadzrul of Perak who is the top local goal scorer, Hadin Azman ( Felda) , Rizal Ghazli ( Kedah) Shazwan Zainon ( Kedah) and Ahmad Khuzainee ( Melaka United).
With the centre of Defence being a major concern, it will be interesting to see how Khuzainee will fit it.
Faridzul has been scoring regularly and could well end up partnering Hazwan Bakri in Attack to give Kim Swee a new dimension.
With the average age being 27,65, it’s refreshing to see Kim Swee opt for untested players as opposed to those who have quit the team at a young age.
It comes as a surprise that players like 
Khair Jones, Wan Zack Haikal and Amir Saidin have been dropped.
” This is the best available players I have at my disposal and we shall try to do well in both matches” said Kim Swee.
” Khair and Wan Zack are not listed as I want to give other players a chance to impress me as well.
” But that does not mean they are out of consideration for the final squad.
” I want to give untested players an opportunity to see how they handle pressure at the international stage.
” We need to have strength on the bench as well and these two matches will help me see just how much certain players have in performing at a higher level.
” I was impressed by their performances and form in the domestic matches and believe they deserve a chance to showcase their ability at the international stage.
” It is not easy as a coach to keep making changes but we have to move on as some players are now unavailable while a few others injured.”
Players who are not involved in the Malaysia Cup semis and the AFC Cup semis will report on September 27 while the rest on October 2.