Malaysia's 2011 SEA Games gold medallists: Where are they now?

Six years ago, Malaysia successfully defended their SEA Games gold medal for the first time since the 1970s. Vijhay Vick looks at how the careers of those who featured in the nail-biting 2011 final against Indonesia panned out.

Khairul Fahmi Che Mat 

Age (current): 28 

The custodian was already Malaysia's No.1 during the Games and he has mostly held on to his place apart from occasionally losing it to Johor Darul Ta’zim’s (JDT) Farizal Marlias and, more recently, Izham Tarmizi Roslan. 

Khairul Fahmi is still at Kelantan, the only other team he has played for apart from Football Association of Malaysia’s (FAM) development side Harimau MudaKhairul Fahmi was named Best Goalkeeper in Malaysia from 2010-2013 and 2016. 

Mahali Jasuli 

Age: 28 

Usually a right-back, he has not played in the position for some time now after Mario Gomez found him more suitable as winger. 

Mahali stayed with Harimau Muda for another season after the Games before joining Selangor for the 2013 season. He then linked up with Malaysian champions JDT Ta'zim in 2014. 

Though Gomez is no longer in charge of the Southern TigersMahali is still utilised as a winger. He is not considered a first-choice player but gets a decent amount of games due to the rotation policy in place at the club. 

 

Zubir Azmi 

Age: 25 

Having made his international debut under K. Rajagobal a month before the Games, Zubir continued being selected for Malaysia until 2015. 

He was a member of Dollah Salleh's squad that finished runner-up at the 201AFF Suzuki Cup. He dropped off Ong Kim Swee's radar after poor performances for Terengganu in 2016 but moved to Malaysia Super League (MSL) title contenders Pahang in 2017 to revive his career. 

Zubir Azmi (right) lost his national team place playing for Terengganu

Fadhli Shas 

Age: 26 

Fadhli Shas has had his ups and downs after leaving Harimau Muda for JDT at the end of 2013, but he has always remained in contention for the national team due to the lack of options at centre-back. 

Merely a fringe player in JDT's three league title wins since 2014, Fadhli has finally worked his way into the starting 11. JDT coach Benjamin Mora has been picking Fadhli ahead of the more experienced Aidil Zafuan Radzak. 

Asraruddin Putra Omar 

Age: 29 

He can be played as a centre-back and left-back, but Asraruddin Omar dropped off the radar altogether since getting injured in 2015. 

The former Selangor defender was a regular when JDT won the MSL for the first time in 2014 but he lost his place to a young Fazly Mazlan midway through the 2015 season due to injury. Asraruddin remained on the JDT books in 2016. 

He was poised to join Penang in 2017 but nothing much has been heard of him since. His name was missing from the squad of 24 the Panthers registered for the league.