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FFT's possible Malaysia XI for Asian Cup showdown with Lebanon

With new coach Nelo Vingada about to take charge of his first Malaysian team in Tuesday's Asian Cup qualifying match against Lebanon, uncertainty surrounds the make-up of his starting side. But Vijhay Vick kept an eye on training and spoke to several players to pick out a possible line-up, including one or two shockers...

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Khairul Azhan Khalid

Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) custodian Izham Tarmizi Roslan is back in the squad, but FourFourTwo understands Vingada prefers keepers who are built a little bigger, meaning Khairul could get the start.

Nazirul Naim Che Hashim

It’s a straight fight between Nazirul and Pahang’s uncapped Faisal Rosli following the withdrawal of Fazly Mazlan and Azrif Nasrulhaq.

The more experienced Nazirul, though having yet to establish himself in the national team, will know that he is only in the squad due to injury and putting out a good performance is vital to his future chances.

Nazirul (No.21) is expected to get the nod

Afif Amiruddin

The lanky centre-back could be a surprise starter ahead of Kedah skipper Khairul Helmi Johari as he has the height advantage and is faster than the tough tackling latter.

Somewhere a certain Dollah Salleh will be smiling if Afif a starts. The former Tigers coach gave Afif his debut as 30-year-old in 2014, drawing questions from many. Afif’s international career was believed to have ended after Dollah resigned in September 2015.

Shahrom Kalam

The Perak centre-back established himself in the national team under Ong Kim Swee and is among the better local central defenders in the country.

His form has taken a slight dip but he appears to be Vingada’s first pick after two weeks of training in Johor Bahru.

Rizal Ghazali

With Matthew Davies struggling with a groin injury, there can only be one option for the right-back slot.

Rizal was always a favourite to start after being among the few who came out unscathed from the AFF Suzuki Cup campaign. The 24-year-old has been in excellent form for Kedah and is among the fittest players in the squad.

Baddrol Bakhtiar

While he plays on the right-flank for Kedah, Baddrol is expected to remain in central midfield for the national team.

He was among the four players Vingada mentioned as suitable for the captain’s armband because of the commitment and leadership shown in training. Baddrol's long-range passing and work rate will be needed to hassle and break down the Lebanese.