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Malaysia lost Izzaq due to injury : face Pakistan next week

Lahore, 17 Feb: A hamstring injury during camp ruled out lanky striker Izzaq Faris Ramlan from Pakistan-Malaysia Olympic Qualifier. Shah Alam Stadium will host first leg on 23 February 2011 (8.45 PM Kick Off). His injury opened the door for Thamil Arasu and Syahrul Azwai Ibrahim to start upfront.
Kemaman-born Izzaq was  called up by Malaysia coach K.Rajagobal for their friendly match in Turkey in 2010 and after several good matches with National U21 team, known as Harimau Muda A, he was called up for the Malaysian team which participated in the 16th Asian Games. He ws also part of  Malaysia that won the 2010 AFF Suzuki Cup tittle for the first time in their history.

Malaysia  U21 coach coach Ong Kim Swee has warned his team against taking their places in the Olympic squad for granted after defensive lapses led to team’s downfall in recent matches used by Malaysia as preparation for the Olympic qualifiers. “Mistakes do happen in a match and the boys need to be alert from start to the end. We have a few experienced players in the team and I need them to set a good example and guide the other players,” added Kim Swee of his expectations of national players in his squad.

With six players from the national side who won the AFF Suzuki Cup last December in the U21 squad, Kim Swee said nobody is assured of his place yet for the Olympic clash against Pakistan.”Any player who does not perform will have to make way for others. No player is indispensable, you might come from the national team but performance in matches is very important.If they are not consistent and keep making mistakes, then I will have to give others a chance to play and we will see how they react,” said Kim Swee who was impressed by Pakistan’s gutsy performance against Thailand U21 at Rajamangala Stadium last week.

“Their preparations under seasoned coach Tariq Lutfi show that every team is serious about wanting to qualify for the London Olympics. We have to fully use Shah Alam stadia advantage because it can be difficult in Lahore leg. There are not a bad side and they restricted scoreline to only  1-2. Paki boys look to be well-organised and are serious about their campaign. They have two speedy flankers and their strikers are quite dangerous. It won’t be easy for us judging from what I saw of them.”

Kim Swee will have his hands full focusing on the Malaysian Super League  and Olympic qualifiers. Harimau Muda ‘A’ viz National U21 team is currently third in the Tabe after Kelantan and Perak with six points in three games.
They began their Super League campaign with a defeat by Negri Sembilan 0-1 before bouncing back to beat Pahang and Terengganu PBDKT T-Team 3-1.

Kim Swee is expected to call up goalkeeper Khairul Fahmi Che Mat , Ahmad Shakir Ali  and Ahmad Fakri Saraani to join their centralised training camp. Malaysia U21 have a strong set of midfielders in K. Gurusamy, Gary Steven and Wan Zack Haikal while backline is quite steady in the presence of skipper Muslim Ahmad, Mohd Fadhli Shas, Mohd Fandi Othman, Mahali Jasuli and Mohd Faizal Mohd.

About Malik Riaz Hai Naveed

MRHN means Malik Riaz Hai Naveed. He is the founder, webmaster and Chief-Editor of FootballPakistan.Com and came up with the idea to start a pakistani football related website back in 2001. From that time on he and his team changed pakistani football and spread the word worldwide. A side from football he is a german liberal politician.


  1. Malysia have a bad habbit of using green laser in eye sof goal keeper at home stadium.? and match can be called off if goal keeper report this,..
    Kia hamary high profile coach ko is baat ka pata hai.?
    sad to know we are still 5 years behind in football ..

  2. For your information, some of bad Malaysian used green laser in the stadium before. This issue started since the recent AFF Suzuki Cup. It was started by other country that against Malaysia and Malaysian supporters take revenge by doing the same thing to that country team in the 2nd leg. But the local sport ministry has foresee this issue and brought it up to judicatory . If any of your national players were beamed by the flashlight, just ask the referee to stop the match. The bad supporters deserve a punishment.

  3. Olympic Football Qualifier on Wednesday

    Striker woes worry Malaysian coach Kim Swee ahead of clash against Pakistan

    Lahore, 18 Feb: Malaysia U21 coach Ong Kim Swee admitted that his team’s strike force, in the absence of Izzaq Faris Ramlan, has been unimpressive in the Malaysian Super League and could be a problem ahead of Wednesday’s Olympic Qualifying first leg match against Pakistan U21.

    Of the seven goals scored by his team so far in the Super League, only two were from a striker – Izzaq Faris – who has been ruled out with a hamstring injury. Strikers Ferris Danial Mat Nasir and A. Thamil Arasu have drawn blanks so far and this does not augur well for the Olympic team.

    Kim Swee is left with limited options with just days to go before the Tariq Lutfi-coached Pakistan match. Negri Sembilan’s Ahmad Fakri Saraani and Kedah’s Ahmad Shakir Ali, who both have been called up for the Olympic Qualifiers, have not scored for their respective teams so far this season.

    Kim Swee made this assessment after watching his players come back from the brink of defeat to force a 1-1 draw with Super League bottom-placed side Perlis at the MBPJ Stadium in Kelana Jaya. Midfielder Gary Steven Robbart scored a last minute equaliser to salvage a point as Malaysia U21, known as Harimau Muda A, collected seven points from four games with goal counts 7-4.

    “It is hard to believe that we found it impossible to score more goals on Tuesday despite creating so many chances. “My strikers impressed me with their ability to create chances but failed to make them count,” said Kim Swee. Who has replaced Azraai Khor as the coach after the latter tendered his resignation last year.

    “They have done it too many times in the league and this is not good for the team ahead of the eagerly-awated Olympic Qualifiers against Pakistan who will reach Malaysia on 21 February. Shah Alam Stadium, a multi-purpose stadium located in Shah Alam, will host first leg of Pakistan-Malaysia clash on 23 February 2011 (8.45 PM Kick Off).

    “We are lucky that our midfielders and defenders are scoring. Izzaq Faris would have made the difference if he had played.”said Kim who, however, is confident that Ahmad Fakri and Ahmad Shakir will both gel with the team before the Pakistan match. “Our midfielders are good suppliers (of the ball) and I hope that Ahmad Fakri and Ahmad Shakir will be able to perform and make our opportunities count in the qualifiers. Our strikers cannot afford to be wasteful especially in an U23 tie. Pakistan are a solid team under Jadeed Khan and if we don’t take our opportunities, we will be in trouble.” Kim Swee also hopes the non-Tigers players selected for the Olympic Qualifiers will be able to adapt to his game plan. Besides Ahmad Fakri and Ahmad Shakir, the other non-Tiger players are Kelantan goalkeeper Khairul Fahmi Che Mat and Kedah Faizal Abu Bakar.

  4. Well, Lucky for Pakistan…

    Tell them we have Khans for you to worry about….
    Jadeed Khan
    Irfan Khan….

  5. we are not scared of you
    coz we are the champion of asean

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