Asia 50: Five Malaysians that could make it next year

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3. Matthew Davies – Pahang

Still only 21 years old, Australian-born Davies is already Pahang captain just one year since leaving the Down Under for the country of his mother’s birth.

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Davies signed for Pahang last April after obtaining his Malaysian passport and went on to represent the country at the 2015 SEA Games in Singapore.

Ong, his coach at the regional meet, handed the promising youngster his international debut against Saudi Arabia in the World Cup qualifiers last September.

He is tipped to be a mainstay at right-back for the national team for years to come following his mature display in Malaysia.

Davies has made six national team appearances to date and is expected to be a key player for the Malaysian under-22 squad at the SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur next year.

The former Perth Glory defender previously captained the Australian Institute of Sport in the youth league and was named the 2011-12 Player of the Year.