Asian Games Football – Will Malaysia Have A Decent Team?

Will Malaysia have a team participating in the Football competition at the Asian Games?

This question mark arises after having looked at the list of the players called up by coach Dato Ong Kim Swee today.

The list comprises of 234 players that are to report for training on July 30 at Wisma FAM.

The question now is just how many of the 23 players will actually answer the call up to be considered for the Asian Games.

It will be left at the discretion of the state or clubs to release the players for training and the Asian Games and they have the discretion to prevent the players from answering the call up given that the Asian Games is not within the FIFA calendar which makes it compulsory for the players to answer the call up.

With the Malaysia Football League ( MFL) deciding there will not be a break or delay in the commencement of the Malaysia Cup, it will put the newly elected President Dato Hamidin Amin in a precarious position should the trans refuse to release their players.

Rules cannot compel the teams to release the players and with 30 players submitted in the final registration, a total of 18 players from the 30 registered, a minimum 18 must be in the final registration of 20 for the Asian Games.

So the club v country debate will tear its ugly head once again and the question will be is Ong going to be allowed to field the best players or the best available players for the Asian Games?

And to what extent will Hamidin go to convince the states to release the players and put at risk their chances of winning the coveted Malaysia Cup.

As a coach it is only natural for Ong to be able to have a decent preparation and put up a formidable team at the upcoming Asian Games.

Only time will tel but the better option would be to move the Malaysia Cup dates, since there have been so man postponements in the M- League since the beginning of the season,

But then again MFL has time and again refused to do so and the clock is clicking and no one should blame the states or clubs if they place their interest of the nation over the country,

The call up list ;

HAZIQ NADZLI

20

JOHOR DARUL TA’ZIM

2.

DOMINIC TAN

21

JOHOR DARUL TA’ZIM

3.

SYAMER KUTTY ABBA

21

JOHOR DARUL TA’ZIM

4.

SAFAWI RASID

21

JOHOR DARUL TA’ZIM

5.

ADAM NOR AZLIN

22

JOHOR DARUL TA’ZIM

6.

AIDIL ZAFUAN ABD RADZAK *

31

JOHOR DARUL TA’ZIM

7.

SYAFIQ AHMAD

23

JOHOR DARUL TA’ZIM

8.

HADI FAYYADH ABDUL RAZAK

18

JOHOR DARUL TA’ZIM II

9.

BADDROL BAKHTIAR *

30

KEDAH

10.

RIZAL GHAZALI *

26

KEDAH

11.

IFWAT AKMAL CHEK KASSIM

22

KEDAH

12.

MATTHEW DAVIES

23

PAHANG

13.

NOR AZAM ABDUL AZIH

23

PAHANG

14.

FAISAL ABDUL HALIM

20

PAHANG

15.

IRFAN ZAKARIA

23

KUALA LUMPUR

16.

SYAZWAN ANDIK ISHAK

22

KUALA LUMPUR

17.

KHATUL ANUAR MD JALIL

21

KUALA LUMPUR

18.

JAFRI FIRDAUS CHEW

21

PKNS FC

19.

RODNEY CELVIN AKWENSIVIE

22

PKNS FC

20.

DANIAL AMIER NORHISHAM

21

FELDA UNITED

21.

NIK AKIF SYAHIRAN NIK MAT

19

KELANTAN

22.

N THANABALAN

23

NEGERI SEMBILAN

23.

SYAZWAN ZAIPOL BAHARI

23

PERAK

24.

TOMMY MAWAT BADA

22

PJ RANGERS FC