PETALING JAYA: Twinkle-toed winger Fayadh Zulkifli Amin (pic) hopes to make an immediate impression in his first stint in two years with Harimau Malaya.
The 24-year-old has been one of the standout players for Kedah in the Super League this year and it did not come as a surprise when national coach Kim Pan-gon included him in his team ahead of two international friendly matches.
Malaysia will play against Turkmenistan tomorrow and Hong Kong next Tuesday at the Sultan Ibrahim Stadium in Iskandar Puteri, Johor.
Despite no goals and assists yet this year, the player from Baling has impressed with his pace, dribbling and work rate.
“I believe my confidence with the ball is the reason why I’ve been called up despite not providing any assists or goals for Kedah this year,” said Fayadh.
“Also, last season, I scored 10 goals in 20 matches in all competitions. That could have helped with my inclusion.
“Now that I’m part of the setup, I want to do well, and I’m looking forward to wearing the national jersey again.”
The last time Fayadh played for Malaysia was against Uzbekistan two years ago. They lost 0-5 to them.
Fayadh, who stands at 1.60m, said he had blended in with the team since joining the centralised camp at Padang Seri Gelam in Johor Baru.
“Syafiq Ahmad has made it easier for me to mingle with the team. All the players are good here,” said Fayadh.
“I will do my best in training and, whether I’m selected in the first eleven or as a substitute, I’ll stamp my mark.
“I don’t think my physical presence will pose an issue. In the Super League, I’ve played against bigger players and succeeded.
“I just need to be brave and confident, just like how I’ve been playing with Kedah.
“The intensity in training here is different from the club.
“There are lots of pressing, movements and quick attacking transitions which I’m getting used to,” added Fayadh, who has a penchant for scoring goals as a super sub.