KUALA LUMPUR – National head coach Dollah Salleh axed 13 players, including skipper Safiq Rahim, when naming his squad for the match against English Premier League’s (EPL) Liverpool Football Club (LFC) on July 24.
The 13 were reportedly dropped after their inept performances against Timor Leste and Palestine in the 2018 World Cup qualifier, last month.
According to the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) website, the National squad will start centralised training at Wisma FAM, Kelana Jaya on July 19 to face Liverpool at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil.
The 13 who were dropped are Kelantan goalkeeper Khairul Fahmi Che Mat, Muslim Ahmad (PDRM), Indra Putra Mahayuddin (Felda United), R. Gopinathan (Pahang), Farizal Marlias, Fadhli Shas, Junior Eldstal, S. Kunanlan, Mahalli Jasuli, Safiq Rahim, Amri Yahyah, Safee Sali and Nazrin Nawi (JDT).
“Five included in the 23-member squad are goalkeeper Zamir Selamat (Perak), Razman Roslan (Pahang), Nazirul Naim Che Hashim (Harimau Muda B), Baddrol Bakhtiar (Kedah) and Norshahrul Idlan Talaha (Terengganu).
“However, Safiq and Amri will be called up in case there are injuries to players in the squad,” said the FAM.
Dollah also named five foreign players who are playing in the M-league to strengthen his squad, namely Ashfaq Ali (PDRM), Robert Cornthwaite (Selangor), Thiago Junio Aquino (Perak), Dickson Nwakaeme (Pahang) and Zah Rahan Krangar (Felda United).
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