PETALING JAYA: Malaysia coach Tan Cheng Hoe has made some fresh changes by naming new faces for the national team’s preparation for the AFF Suzuki Cup end of this year.
He named 24 players with six new faces making their entry and another six returning for the centralised training on Oct 1.
He has dropped 12 from the previous 2022 World Cup and 2023 Asian Cup qualifiers.
Cheng Hoe said the players would take part in two friendlies in Jordan.
They take on the hosts on Oct 6 and Uzbekistan (Oct 9).
“I’ve identified the new faces based on their form and performance in the Super League and I believe they can gel well with the team,” said Cheng Hoe.
They are Petaling Jaya City’s Kalamullah Al-Hafiz; Penang’s Quentin Cheng, Al-Hafiz Harun; Selangor’s Sharul Nazeem Zulpakar, Mukhairi Ajmal Mahadi; and Terengganu’s Hakimi Abdullah.
He said they did not select key players Matthew Davies, Mohamadou Sumareh, Safawi Rasid and Nor Azam Azih to test the others in their positions.
“Quentin has played in all Penang’s matches and is a good potential for the country.”
Those returning to the national team are Melaka goalkeeper Khairul Fahmi Che Mat, Kedah’s captain Baddrol Bakhtiar; Terengganu’s Arif Fadzilah Abu Bakar, winger Faisal Halim; and Kuala Lumpur’s Akram Mahinan, D. Kenny Pallraj.
“I believe the games against Jordan and Uzbekistan will be good because they are top sides with great credentials.
“We hope to do well, boost our rankings and learn from these games.”
Goalkeepers: Kalamullah Al-Hafiz (PJ City), Khairulazhan Khalid (Sel), Khairul Fahmi Che Mat (Mel).
Defenders: Syahmi Safari, Sharul Nazeem Zulphakar (Sel), Aidil Zafuan Abdul Radzak (JDT), Rizal Ghazali (Ked), Quentin Cheng (Pen), Arif Fadzillah (Ter), Irfan Zakaria (KL), Dion Cools (Midtjylland), Dominic Tan (Police Tero).
Midfielders: Nazmi Faiz Mansor, Akhyar Rashid (JDT), Faisal Halim, Hakimi Abdullah (Ter), Akram Mahinan, D. Kenny Pallraj (KL), Mukhairi Ajmal (Sel), Baddrol Bakhtiar (Ked), Al-Hafiz Harun (Pen).
Strikers: Syafiq Ahmad, Guilherme De Paula (JDT), Luqman Hakim Shamsudin (KV Kortrijk).