Bobby Gonzales has been going great guns in the Premier League champions fine run this season with 12 goals in all competitions.
PETALING JAYA: Police striker Bobby Gonzales is one of the over-aged players selected for the national Under-23 squad for the Incheon Asian Games in South Korea next month.
The 30-year-old Sabahan has been going great guns in the Premier League champions fine run this season with 12 goals in all competitions.
Asian Games squad coach Ong Kim Swee has also picked another senior striker – Terengganu’s Mohd Norfarhan Mohamed, 29.
The other two seniors called up in the 25-player training squad are Australian-born Malaysian midfielder Brendan Gan (26), who plays for Kelantan and Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) seasoned centreback Mohd Aidil Zafuan (27).
Each country is allowed to name three over-23-year-old player for the Asian Games.
Kim Swee will return home today with the Harimau Muda A squad who played in the Queensland Premier League in a training-cum-playing six-month stint in Australia.
Prolific winger D. Saarvindran (ankle ligament injury) and skipper Mohd Irfan Fazail (ACL) are out while highly-rated winger Wan Zack Haikal Wan Noor is likely to miss out as he is still racing against time to recover from an ACL injury.
Among the M-League players called-up are Mohd Izham Tarmizi, Mohd Fadhli Shas (JDT), Mohd Nazmi Faiz (PKNS FC), A. Thamil Arasu, Ahmad Hazwan Bakri (Selangor), Wan Zaharulnizam Zakaria (Kelantan), Junior Eldstal, Ashri Chuchu (Sarawak), Mohd Zubir Othman (Ter).
The Asiad squad will report for training at the Wisma FAm in Kelana Jaya on Wednesday.
The good news for Kim Swee is that several players in the Harimau Muda A squad – Gary Steven Robbat, Amer Saidin and Fandi Othman – are available after recovering from their injuries.
Malaysia are drawn in a tough Group A with hosts and three-time winners South Korea, Middle East giants Saudi Arabia and Laos.
Mohd Farhan Abu Bakar, Mohd Firdaus Muhd, Shahrul Mohd Saad, Mohd Amer Saidin, Mohd Azrif Nasrulhaq, Nazirul Naim Che Hashim, Fandi Othman, Gary Steven Robbat, Saiful Ridzuwan Selamat, Mohd Amirul Hisyam, Muhd Ferris Daniel, Mohd Faizal Ghazli (Harimau Muda A), Mohd Izham Tarmizi, Mohd Fadhli Shas, Mohd Aidil Zafuan (JDT), Bobby Gonzales (Police), Mohd Nazmi Faiz (PKNS FC), A. Thamil Arasu, Ahmad Hazwan Bakri (Selangor), Brendan Gan, Wan Zaharulnizam Zakaria (Kelantan), Junior Eldstal, Ashri Chuchu (Sarawak), Mohd Zubir Othman, Mohd Norfarhan Mohd (Terengganu).