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A file photo of Izzaq Faris Ramlan, who is back in training after being out of action with knee injury. He will however skip the Merdeka Tournament so as to recuperate completely for the SEA Games in December. – Bernama Photo
PETALING JAYA: National Under-23 coach Ong Kim Swee has depth in his strike force for the Myanmar SEA Games in December.
The six strong candidates who will be vying for first team action are Izzaq Faris Ramlan, Rozaimi Abdul Rahman, Ferris Danial, Syahrul Azwari Ibrahim, Ahmad Hazwan Bakiri and A. Thamil Arasu.
Except for Izzaq the other five will be put to test at the Merdeka Tournament in Kuantan from Sept 7-14.
Kim Swee said Izzaq has recovered from a knee injury but will skip the Merdeka Tournament to help him recuperate for the SEA Games competition.
“Izzaq is back in training but I don’t want to rush him with so many other strikers available in the squad,” said Kim Swee when he named the 25-player squad for the Merdeka Tournament.
The lanky Izzaq played key roles in the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou and the 2011 Jakarta SEA Games gold medal winning team.
Izzaq, 23, injured the meniscus in his left knee during the five-month playing stint in Europe with the Harimau Muda A squad but is expected to be fit for the SEA Games. In fact, he suffered a recurrence of a knee injury which kept him sidelined for the whole of 2012.
Among the other notable players left out from the Merdeka Tournament due to injuries are Gary Steven Robbat, Fandi Othman and Nazirul Naim.
The 25-players squad comprise mostly Harimau Muda A boys and eight others from the M-League and two from the Harimau Muda B squad.
The eight boys from the M-League are Mohd Nasir Basharuddin (Prk), S. Sivanesan (Nse), Nik Shahrul Azim (Kel), Mohd Zubir Azmi (Ter), Putera Nadher Amarhan Maderner (Swk), K. Reuben (Armed Forces), Mohd Nazmi Faiz Mansor (PKNS), Wan Zack Haikal Wan Nor (FC Ryukyu).
Kim Swee said the Merdeka Tournament will be a good avenue to see if the players can click.
“It will give me the opportunity to gauge the players from the M-League,” said Kim Swee.
National Under-23 squad: Mohd Nasir Basharuddin (Prk), S. Sivanesan (Nse), Nik Shahrul Azim (Kel), Mohd Zubir Azmi (Ter), Putera Nadher Amarhan Maderner (Swk), K. Reuben (Armed Forces), Mohd Nazmi Faiz Mansor (PKNS), Wan Zack Haikal Wan Nor (FC Ryukyu), Shahrul Saad, Irfan Fazail, A. Thamil Arasu, Wan Zaharul Nizam Wan Zakaria, Mohd Izham Tarmizi Roslan, Mohd Fadhli Shas, Ahmad Hazwan Bakri, Syahrul Azwari Ibrahim, D. Saarvindran, Mohd Ariff Farhan Isa, Mohd Azrif Nasrulhaq Badrul Hisham, Saiful Ridzuwan Selamat, Ferris Danial, Rozaimi Abdul Rahman, Mohd Firdaus Mohd (Harimau Muda A), Wan Ahmad Amir Zafran Wan Nadris, Mohd Ramadhan Rahman (Harimau Muda B)
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