Some of the best youngsters in Southeast Asia were in Malacca for the inaugural Nations Cup over the weekend. Here are FourFourTwo’s pick for the team of the tournament...
It is no surprise Thailand dominated FourFourTwo's Nations Cup XI, after all they are the reigning champions. However, there were some from the other countries that deserve to be named in the best 11 as well. Here they are.
Do Sy Huy (Vietnam)
This custodian conceded four goals but it could have easily been more had he not pulled off several saves when Thailand threw men forward and the Singaporean attacked on the break. He saved two spot-kicks in the penalty shootout against Singapore too.
Suriya Singmui (Thailand)
Tough at the back, Suriya spent a lot of time in the opponents' half to provide the Thais with options down the right side.
He was perhaps at fault for Malaysia’s equaliser in the final but he bounced back in the second half and was rarely beaten again.
Adib Zainuddin (Malaysia)
The UiTM defender was never expected to start in Malacca as former under-19 captain Dominic Tan’s fine showing at Johor Darul Ta’zim II was deemed worthy of a starting place alongside skipper Faris Shah Rosli.
Yet Adib impressed Bernhardt in training, started both matches and single-handedly denied Thailand at least two goals, including clearing a goal-bound shot that had already beaten custodian Amierul Hakimi Awang
Amirul Adli Azmi (Singapore)
A 3-0 loss cannot be good for defenders, but Amirul certainly cannot be faulted for the goals conceded in that match. The 20-year-old emerged tops in one-on-one battles and often cleared the lines when necessary.
Playing for Young Lions in S. League has certainly helped this centre-back prepare for peers at this level.
Santipap Channgom (Thailand)
Like Suriya, this right-back attacked more as compared to the time he was needed in defence, in the Nations Cup. The 19-year-old often helped Tanasit Siripala in attack down the flank.