Farid dropped from pre-Olympic Under-22 squad

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  • Saturday, 12 Apr 2003


PETALING JAYA: Johor's talented striker Mohamed Farid Ideris has been dropped from the national pre-Olympic Under-22 squad barely hours after checking into camp at the Wisma FAM in Kelana Jaya on Thursday. 

The 22-year-old Farid, who is the leading local striker for his state team in Premier II with four goals, was informed of the decision after a heart-to-heart talk with the Malaysia football team's head coach Allan Harris after checking in. 

“I have sent him (Farid) back. He told me he's not interested in playing for the national team. I don't want players with such an attitude in my team. This is my style. I want players who can give me full commitment,'' said the no-nonsense Harris, a former assistant to Englishman Terry Venables at Spanish giants Barcelona in the mid-80s. 

Farid was called up for the second phase of centralised training last month and had fared well on his international debut against Maldives in a friendly match here last month. 

It is learnt that Farid had asked to be left out from the training squad after saying he was not confident of earning a place in final squad for the pre-Olympic campaign in which Malaysia will play the winner of the Turkmenistan-India tie in the second round in Kuala Lumpur on May 3. The return-leg is scheduled on June 7. 

Farid is said to have flown to Kuching to be with Johor for their FA Cup quarter-final, first leg encounter with Sarawak tonight. 

Harris has called up 25 players for the pre-Olympic campaign. Aziz Ismail has been given permission report in later leaving only 23 players in training. 

“I have no plans to call up any more players. I will make do with the present set of boys,'' said Harris, who has only two international friendly matches to test out his charges before their pre-Olympic campaign. 

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