Quentin ready to play any position in Maloney’s squad

PETALING JAYA: Quentin Cheng is prepared to play any role for the Malaysian Under-23 team in the AFC Under-23 Asian Cup qualifiers in Mongolia from Oct 25-31.

The 21-year-old, who shone as a rightback for Penang in the Super League this season, could be playing as a right winger or one of the three centrebacks in Brad Maloney’s tactical system.

The former Central Coast Mariners youth trainee said he was brought in by Maloney to add some experience and quality in the young squad.

“I will use my experience with Penang and my recent debut with the national team in Jordan to fulfil what the coach wants,” said Quentin.

“He also needs someone taller and stronger, so I hope my physical presence will help the team.

“I know he is looking for versatility in his players, and I hope to bring that dimension to the squad, too.

“I’ve trained with these players three years ago and the chemistry is there. We’ve a strong team led by several seniors.”

The seniors are Luqman Hakim Shamsuddin, Mukhairi Ajmal Mahadi and Hakimi Abdullah.

Malaysia meet Laos on Monday at the MFF Stadium in Ulaanbaatar and followed by matches against Mongolia (Oct 28) and Thailand (Oct 31) as they seek a spot in the final round of the Under-23 Asian Cup in Uzbekistan in June 2022.

“The weather is very cold there. We have to wear long pants, extra tops and gloves. It’s a bit difficult to adjust, but we will try our best. The artificial pitch is not ideal due to its hard surface, as the ball will bounce erratically,” said Quentin.

“But in Australia, I’ve played in a lot of those pitches, so I am quite used to it. We will try to adjust quickly before our first game.

“Our goal is to win all three games and book the ticket to Uzbekistan. Thailand will be the toughest.”

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