Syihan on guard as other keepers are playing for keeps

PETALING JAYA: Having kept four clean sheets out of five matches for Johor Darul Ta’zim in the Super League, goalkeeper Ahmad Syihan Hazmi (pic) is the obvious choice to man the posts for Malaysia in their friendly against Turkmenistan at the Sultan Ibrahim Stadium in Iskandar Puteri today.

But the 26-year-old is not taking his spot for granted despite his heroics for the Southern Tigers.

Syihan has been a picture of commitment and dedication as he has kept up with goalkeeper coach Cho Jun-ho’s high-intensity training to ensure that he keeps his No. 1 status in Kim Pan-gon’s outfit.

As he is set to win his 10th cap with Malaysia, Syihad is also wary of the stiff competition offered by the three other netminders - Kalamullah Al-Hafiz, Damien Lim and Sikh Izhan Nazrel Sikh Azman.

“I’ll be the last to rest on my laurels, given the quality of the three other keepers,’’ said Syihan.

‘’None of us can afford to feel relaxed as the training intensity is always high. We must avoid the comfort zone if we want to keep our places.’’

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