Malaysia's 2010 AFF Suzuki Cup winners – Where are they now?

After success attained by a squad of youngsters six years ago, the Tigers have not dominated the region as expected since the 2010 AFF Suzuki Cup. Vijhay Vick takes a look at where the stars from the final against Indonesia are today…

Khairul Fahmi Che Mat

More commonly known as 'Apek' by Malaysian fans, the 2010 AFF Suzuki Cup is where Khairul Fahmi became a hit in Malaysia.

Far from being first-choice in the lead up to the competition, injury to Farizal Marlias and Sharbinee Allawee leaking five in the opening match pushed Khairul Fahmi up the pecking order and there was no turning back.

The Kelantan loyalist, who was part of the 2011 SEA Games winning side, also represented Malaysia at the 2012 and 2014 Suzuki Cup edition and is expected to be first choice for the 2016 competition.

Asraruddin Putra Omar

Impressive at left-back in 2010, Asraruddin Putra Omar came to the competition high in confidence after winning the Malaysia Super League (MSL) with Selangor.

Asraruddin stayed at the top of his game for several years but never enjoyed much success again until his move to Johor Darul Ta'zim (JDT) in 2014, when the club began their dominance in Malaysian football.

Asraruddin, however, now finds himself among the fringes at the club due to injury sustained last year. He has recovered now but has lost his starting place to Fazly Mazlan. He has not represented Malaysia in over a year.

Fadhli Shas

Only 19 and a member of Football Association of Malaysia’s (FAM) development squad Harimau Muda, Fadhli earned his break due to injuries to Aidil Zafuan Abdul Radzak and Norhafiz Zamani Misbah.

Part of a horrible combination at the back in the opening day 5-1 loss to Indonesia, Fadhli showed maturity in the following matches despite his inexperience.

Fadhli remained with Harimau Muda and is still a member of the Tigers squad, but his form has taken a downhill turn in recent times due to his lack of playing opportunities at JDT. Fadhli joined JDT in 2014.

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Muslim Ahmad

Another one of the youngsters in the line-up because of an injury crisis, Muslim was top notch in the knockout rounds to deny Vietnam and Indonesia much room up front.

Muslim remained with Harimau Muda until 2011, winning the SEA Games that year, but he failed to achieve the heights expected of him.

Muslim's move to Terengganu in 2012 only lasted a year and it was the same the following season at JDT.

He joined Dollah Salleh's PDRM revolution in 2014 and was even called up to the Tigers squad after a long absence following Dollah was appointed by FAM in July 2014.

Muslim, then still only 25, rolled back the years during the 2014 Suzuki Cup but found himself out in the cold again last year. He was also sacked by PDRM mid-way through their 2015 campaign and now plays for Kelantan.

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