No looking back for former JDT bad boy Hadin

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Kicked out by Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) in 2014, Hadin Azman turned his career around at Felda United and attracted the attentions of his former employers. The Malaysian international talks to FourFourTwo about all that has happened so far... 

Constantly left out of Malaysia’s squad in 2016 despite dazzling in the Malaysia Super League (MSL) in Felda United’s colours, left-winger Hadin Azman had a feeling he would miss the 2016 AFF Suzuki Cup.

Yet all of that changed when Malaysia coach Ong Kim Swee was forced to chop and drop many players — for reasons ranging from international retirements to players becoming “unavailable for selection”.

Hadin was handed his Tigers’ debut as a substitute in the 0-0 draw with Singapore on October 7 before scoring the equaliser against Afghanistan in the following match four days later.

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He only made his international debut in October. Photo: Kedah

Lacking flair players that could create a spark, Ong simply could not afford not to have Hadin in his final squad of 22 ahead of the Suzuki Cup. There is no other player in the squad that have looked more lively than Hadin in recent months.

Hadin, however, dismissed suggestions he was a sure bet to be on the plane to Yangon for the group stage, when Malaysia kicks off their campaign against Cambodia on November 20.

It’s one step making the provisional squad, but most importantly I have to be in the final squad … that is what I’m keeping my fingers crossed for.

- Hadin

“Making the national team was a target I set at the start of the season. I wanted to work my way into the Suzuki Cup and for all the months I was omitted, I felt it was just not my time yet perhaps,” Hadin told FourFourTwo.

“I just kept doing what I could at Felda and hoped I would impress the national team coaches during their visits to domestic matches.

“I was nervous when I first came in during last month’s international break and I actually had to tell myself to stay calm, be myself and just play the game.Among the Kuala Lumpur’s born-and-bred winger rivals in the team are Safawi Rasid, Syazwan Zainon and Amri Yahya.

But Hadin is still relishing the challenges in front of him, and looking at the impact he had against Afghanistan, it would be folly for Ong not to consider him in his starting 11 plans.

“It’s one step making the provisional squad, but most importantly I have to be in the final squad … that is what I’m keeping my fingers crossed for,” Hadin added.