Baddrol believes vets vital in Suzuki Cup challenge

Malaysia's Baddrol Bakhtiar (right) challenges for the ball with a Thailand player during the AFF Suzuki Cup semi-final match in 2012. - Filepic

SHAH ALAM: Midfielder maestro Baddrol Bakhtiar reckons the inclusion of seniors players Indra Putra Mahayuddin and Shukor Adan is vital ahead of Malaysia’s challenge in the AFF Suzuki Cup.

The 26-year-old, who returned to the Klang Valley with the national team after a week’s training in Johor, said on Monday their performance against Syria in a friendly at the Shah Alam Stadium on Wednesday will be a good indicator ahead of the biennial competition in Singapore from Nov 22 – Dec 20.

“The match against Syria will be a good test for us after the Johor stint. The coach have yet to name the squad but I believe everyone is ready to prove themselves,” said Baddrol.

“I think we had a fruitful training session in Johor. The seniors passed on their knowledge and experience during the stint,” said the two-time SEA Games gold medallist.

“We have a good mixture of youth and experience in the team. And there’s good rapport among the players after being together for seven days.”

The Kedahan added that the team focused a lot on fitness and familiarising themselves with the artificial pitch while in Johor.

Malaysia have been drawn with hosts Singapore, Thailand and Myanmar in Group B and will play two of their group matches on the artificial pitch at the Jalan Besar Stadium.

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