| PETALING JAYA (26 August 2010) – The FA of Malaysia (FAM) have decided to send the Harimau Muda ‘A’ to Slovakia for a second stint with an aim ‘to form a decent side to defend the SEA Games gold medal in less than 15 months.’
The stint will be for three months.
The decision was made by FAM president, HRH Tuanku Sultan Ahmad Shah, following a discussion with Harimau Muda A head coach Ong Kim Swee and after careful consideration and deliberation on the three options available for FAM.
Six players who are currently attending centralized training with the national team bound for a friendly with Oman in Doha, Qatar, will be joining them later.
The six are K. Gurusamy, Mohd Muslim Ahmad, Mahali Jasuli, Gary Steven Robbat, Izzaq Faris Ramlan and Mohd Fadhli Shas.
Other than playing 12 competitive matches against the Slovak Div 1 sides, the Harimau Muda ‘A’ squad will also be playing four international friendly matches against the Under-21 sides of Austria, Poland, Czech Republic and Hungary.
It is for these reasons that the FAM have decided to send the team to Slovakia ahead of the other options – to attend a training camp at Cardiff City for a period of six weeks or for the team to be based in Kuala Lumpur from August to December with a number of friendlies being arranged.
HARIMAU MUDA ‘A’
GOALKEEPERS: Muhammad Zamir Selamat, Mohd Izham Tarmizi Roslan, Mohd Farhan Abu Bakar.
DEFENDERS: Mohd Muslim Ahmad, Mohd Affize Faisal Mamat, Mahali Jasuli, Muhammad Faizal Mohd, Mohd Fadhli Mohd Shas, Muhamad Nazri Ahmad, Nicholas Wee Shen Ming, Amer Saidin, Mohd Fandi Othman.
MIDFIELDERS: Gary Steven Robbat, Gurusamy Govandar Kandasamy, Abdul Shukor Jusoh, Muhammad Rafiuddin Roddin, Sivanesan Shanmugam, Irfan Fazail, Wan Zack Haikal Wan Noor, Saarvindran Devandran, Wan Zaharulnizam Wan Zakaria.
STRIKERS: Izzaq Faris Ramlan, Thamil Arasu Ambumanee, Muhammad Ferris Danial Mat Nasir, Syahrul Azwari Ibrahim.