Malaysia’s 20-man SEA Games squad profile
SYAMER KUTTY ABBA
Recalled into the squad after skipping the AFC Under-23 qualifier due to club commitments, Syamer will be eager to regain his place in the starting line-up.
Syamer has had a tough season with relegation battlers Penang but that may have made him a stronger player. The Penang homeboy stands tall at over 6 feet, has quick thinking, is composed and ambitious.
NOR AZAM ABDUL AZIH
Another new option in the middle compared to July’s squad, Azam’s career has progressed well since leaving the Harimau Muda set-up to join Pahang for the 2015 season.
He initially found it tough to break into the line-up in Kuantan but the departure of Hafiz Kamal and Azidan Sarudin last season paved Azam’s way into the line-up.
DANIAL AMIER NORHISHAM
Club: Felda United
Danial featured in all three matches during the qualifiers in Bangkok and while he may find it tough to break into the line-up with the inclusion of Syamer and Nor Azam, the Fighters’ youngster can be an option off the bench for Ong to call upon.
Like Syamer, Danial is composed and distributes the ball well.
SYAZWAN ANDIK ISHAK
Club: JDT II
The JDT II star is likely to play on the left side of midfield in a 3-4-3 formation.
His work-rate is what sets him apart and Syazwan will be expected to support the attack and drop to a left-back role when Malaysia are under pressure. Syazwan scored in Malaysia’s 2-0 win over Mongolia in the qualifiers.
The attacker is not a regular starter for Kedah but he has come off the bench plenty of times and not disappointed the fans.
He is arguably the liveliest of forwards in the under-22 squad and Malaysia will look to Syafiq, as among the three forwards, to take on defenders and create goal scoring opportunities.
He will also enter the Games in good confidence after scoring in a friendly against Myanmar and in the qualifiers against arch-rivals Indonesia in July. Malaysia won both matches comfortably.