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FourFourTwo's Top 25 Malaysian Players of All Time

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16) Abdullah Yeop Nordin

Agile, strong, determined, tough-tackling and truly committed to the game, Abdullah Nordin was captain courageous for the Malaysian side from 1966 to 1969.

Hailed from Parit, Perak, Abdullah grew up kicking pomelo fruits, a habit that contributed to his powerful shots.

The highlight of his international career was lifting the Merdeka Cup in 1968 after getting a recall from manager Datuk Harun Idris and coach Harold Hassall.

He played for Perak for three seasons before a job at Bank Negara brought him to Selangor. Abdullah’s game was all about substance – grit, passion and determination – rather than style.