KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia Rugby Sevens captain Zulkiflee Azmi is a wanted man.
Zulkiflee will only finish his police inspector training course in early November but his name has already been included in the tentative 16-member team list for the Philippines SEA Games from Nov 30-Dec 11.
That will give him less than three weeks to prepare but Zulkiflee is all fired up to feature in his third SEA Games.
“I want to help Malaysia retain the SEA Games gold, ” said the 27-year-old defender, who started his nine-month training at Royal Malaysian Police Training Centre (Pulapol) in Kuala Lumpur in February.
“I tried to postpone my police training to next year but I did not get the clearance. I’ve not given up hope although I’ll only complete my training on Nov 9.
“I’ll keep myself fit for the Games but of course, it all depends on the team management whether they still want my services by then.”
Zulkiflee, who has been with the national team since he was 18, has been the captain since 2016.
He was part of the Malaysian squad that won the Asian Under-20 Sevens in 2011 and 2012. He was also in the team who won silver in the 2015 Singapore SEA Games and finished fifth at last year’s Indonesia Asian Games.