Rookie Danial hopes to earn a spot in the 23-player list

  • Football
  • Thursday, 29 Aug 2019

PETALING JAYA: Rookie Danial Amier Norhisham (pic) believes that the experience gained from the relegation battle with Felda United in the Super League will stand him in good stead in his bid to earn a berth in the national football team.

Danial’s eye-catching performance this season has earned his first senior call-up ahead of Malaysia’s second round matches in the 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign.

Coach Tan Cheng Hoe’s men will take on Jordan in a friendly at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil tomorrow before kicking off their World Cup qualifying campaign against Indonesia at the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta on Sept 5.

The 22-year-old’s progress was bogged down by a groin injury.

After that, he was plagued by a metatarsal injury but he managed to shrug off the injuries to help Felda avoid the drop in the very last game of the season.

“We beat Kedah 5-1 in our last game of the league to stay in the Super League. The whole season was a struggle but we made it in the end and the experience really made me a better player, ” said Kuala Lumpur-born Danial.

“A lot of senior players left Felda this season and it left a vacuum for younger players to step up.

“It was tough but we managed to learn along the way and in the end steered the team away from relegation.”

Danial, who is among the youngest player in the call-up list, said he’s adapting to the new environment and his first task is to get into the final 23-player list.

“This is my first call-up but there’s no problem with the rest of the players because they are all very welcoming and I feel accepted although I do feel awkward at times because I am a newcomer, ” said Danial.

“I’m not thinking too much about the starting spot.

“I need to take it one step at a time and my first mission is to get into the 23-player squad... after that I’ll see how it goes.”

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