| KUALA LUMPUR (Oct 10, 2007) – A long injury list has given Malaysian Under-17 head coach Aminuddin Hussein sleepless nights in the run-up to their Asian Football Confederation (AFC) U17 qualifiers next week.
The Malaysian youth side which have been grouped against Timor Leste, Australia and DPR Korea, are currently struggling with injuries to key players forcing Aminuddin into taking remedial action.
“It is quite a long list and it is the same reason why we suffered in Phnom Penh (when they failed to make the semi-finals of the AFF U17 championship),” said Aminuddin.
“But we are slowly bringing in the injured players into match fitness and where it is hoped that with the several friendly matches we are playing in Singapore, the players will have the time to make a speedy recovery.”
Strikers Garry Steven Robert and Nazrul Nakaei are struggling with match fitness and a groin problem respectively.
Midfielder Bukhari Idris is down with a back problem while defender Amin Saidin is also out with a groin problem.
For the AFC U17 qualifiers slated for Oct 17-21, Malaysia will take on Australia on Oct 17, Timor Leste on Oct 19 and then DPR Korea on Oct 21.
All matches will be played at the artificial turf of the Jalan Besar Stadium in Singapore.
“We have two friendly matches against youth teams from Singapore, so I’m hoping that these games will allow us to better prepare our squad,” added Aminuddin.
FIXTURES for AFC U17 QUALIFIERS
Oct 17: vs Australia
Oct 19: vs Timor Leste
Oct 21: vs DPR Korea