KUALA LUMPUR: Asian and world junior champion Zulfadli Zulkifli of KLRC is in great demand.
Yesterday, High Performance Team (HPT) member Datuk James Selvaraj said he would propose to the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) that the 18-year-old Zulfadli be invited to join the national training camp.
James feels Zulfadli will be an asset to the team preparing for the Thomas Cup Finals in Wuhan from May 20-27 and hopes that a bold decision will be made by the Coaching and Training Committee (CNT).
“He is a bright talent who has made us proud by winning the Asian and world junior titles. I will bring up the idea of inviting him to join the national team to the CNT,” said James.
“It will benefit Zulfadli and the team if he joins the national training centre. If he proves himself, we may even select him for the Thomas Cup Finals. But for now, it will be good if BAM gets him in first.”
Zulfadli has trained with the BAM players in the past. In fact, he had joined the centralised training at the Juara Stadium in Bukit Kiara prior to his successful outings in both the Asian and world junior championships.
It is also learnt that KLRC owner Datuk Seri Andrew Kam had met with BAM general manager Kenny Goh and HPT’s Wong Ah Jit on Thursday to discuss “loaning” their players – Mohd Hafiz Hashim and Zulfadli – to BAM as part of the preparations for the Finals.
Yesterday, Zulfadli reached the third round of the Selangor Open at the Juara Stadium with an effortless 21-11, 21-17 win over Kedah’s Ng Su Ly and will take on Lim Fang Yang for a place in the quarter-finals.
If he makes it, he will take on top seed Liew Daren in the last eight.
It was also a good day for several aspiring youngsters as Chong Wei Feng, Misbun Ramdan Misbun, Goh Giap Chin, Goh Soon Huat, Chan Kwong Beng, Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin, Nur Mohd Azriyn Ayub and Mohd Arif Abdul Latif all made it to the third round.
The only casualty was back-up shuttler Mohd Syawal Mohd Ismail who went down 14-21, 21-14, 19-21 to former international K. Yogendran.
BAM players unless stated.
Second round: Liew Daren bt Samuel Nesan (Sel) 21-9, 21-13; Zulfadli Zulkifli (Kul) bt Ng Sun Ly (Ked) 21-11, 21-17; Lim Fang Yang bt Pei Wee Chung (Swk) 21-15, 21-11; Chong Wei Feng bt Loke Kok Pong (Kul) 21-15, 21-11; Mohd Hashim (Sel) bt Ho Khek Mong (Pen) 21-18, 21-15; Misbun Ramdan Misbun bt Ramesh Nathan (Kul) 21-12, 21-12; Loh Wei Shen bt Mohd Amirullah Rais (Kul) 21-7, 21-5;
Goh Soon Huat bt Woon Kok Hong (Sel) 21-16, 21-5; Chan Kwong Beng bt Yeoh Kay Bin (Prk) 21-12, 21-9; Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin bt Tay Kok Hau (Mal) 21-6, 21-9; K. Yogendran (Sel) bt Mohd Syawal Mohd Ismail 21-14, 14-21, 21-19; Kuan Kam Chung bt Ridzwan Rahmat (Sel) 21-13, 22-20; Mohd Arif Abdul Latif bt Kuan Beng Hong (Ked) 21-18, 15-21, 21-19.
Second round: Mak Hee Chun-Tan Wee Kiong bt Low Juan Shen-Tan Yip Jiun 21-17, 21-13; Mohd Lutfi Zaim Abdul Khalid-Vountus Indra Mawan bt Kuan Beng Hong-Ng Sun Ly (Ked) 21-12, 21-14; Hoon Thien How-Ong Soon Hock w.o Mohd Razif Abdul Rahman-Mohd Razif Latif (Nse) 11-21, rtd;
Chooi Kah Ming-Ow Yao Han bt Mohd Zakry Abdul Latif-Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari (Nse-Prk) 21-14, 21-17; Chan Peng Soon-Tan Boon Heong bt Tan Wee Tat-Yew Hong Kheng 21-15, 21-16; Koo Kien Keat-Lim Khim Wah bt K. Jagdish Singh-Sant Enos Sani 21-9, 21-14; Nelson Heg-Teo Ee Yi bt Ong Jian Guo-Tan Aik Quan 27-25, 21-10.
First round: Florah Ng Siew Fong bt Daphne Ng Chiew Yen (Sel) 19-21, 27-25, 21-13; Julia Wong (Armed Forces) bt Ng Sin Er 21-14, 21-12.
First round: Ng Sin Er-Shevon Lai Jemie bt Ho Bee Ling-Ng Soo Mui (Kul-Joh) 21-17, 21-16; Florah Ng Siew Fong-Yang Li Lian bt Adrina Aysha Anscelly-Yvonne Ong Jing Er (Sab) 21-9, 18-21, 21-11;
Chow Mei Kuan-Lee Meng Yean bt Chan Mei Yan-Chin Li Chee (Kul-Joh) 21-9, 21-6; Haw Chiou Hwee-Julia Wong (Joh-Armed Forces) bt Lydia Cheah-Sonia Cheah 21-19, 21-19; Tee Jing Yi-Sannatasah Saniru bt Lai Pei Jing-Ng Paou Leng 18-21, 21-19, 18-21.
First round: Low Juan Shen-Lee Meng Yean bt Soong Sen Lin-Soong Fie Cho (Sab) 22-20, 21-15; Tan Wee Tat-Chow Mei Kuan bt Samuel Nesan-S. Perema Latha (Sel) 21-11, 21-8; Mohd Razif Latif-Amelia Anscelly (Nse-Sab) bt Wong Fai Yin-Shevon Lai Jemie 21-17, 14-21, 21-13; Lee Chong Wei-Vivian Hoo bt Mohd Hashim-Ho Bee Ling (Sel-Kul) 21-15, 21-9; Ong Jian Guo-Lim Yin Loo bt Pan Deck Loong-Adrina Asyha Anscelly (Sab) 21-15, 21-11; Mohd Zakry Abdul Latif-Nairul Suhada Abdul Latif (Nse) bt Nurdini Mohd Said-Yvonne Ong Jing Er (Sab) 21-10, 21-19.