Kelvinder adapts well in first outing with the seniors

KUALA LUMPUR: The recent playing tour to Japan was Kelvinder Singh’s debut outing with the seniors but he fitted in like an old hand. 

The junior midfielder, who was named the best player in the Junior World Cup in Rotterdam in July, adapted well with the senior players in three friendly matches against Japan. 

The 20-year-old Bangsar lad, who played as left half combined well with Mohd Madzli Ikmar and Azlan Misron in the midfield. 

“This was my first assignment with the senior team and I believe I did quite well. However, it was not easy playing with Japan. They fielded their best squad.  

“Playing in the national team is tougher as the standard is much higher and the senior players are more experienced,'' said Kelvinder, who knows he has to fight for a place in the senior team. 

“I have to further improve my game and to do that, I need to play as many matches as possible with the senior team. 

“I hope I impressed national coach (Wallace Tan) in Japan and also hope to see action against Olympic champions Australia and European champions Spain when they come for a friendly triangular here in December,'' said Kelvinder. 

In Japan, Malaysia drew the first two matches 1-1 and won the third 3-2. 

Wallace said that, to him, the results were not very important but what he wanted to see was the combination of juniors and seniors in Japan. 

“I also wanted to see whether the juniors could give their best against Japan. The trip was worthwhile,'' said Wallace. 

The national team, who returned on Thursday will resume training on Monday. 

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