Foreigners play a pivotal role in Malaysian football, dominating the scoring charts and often proving the difference in the hunt for trophies. But are they doing anything to help the country's local talent?
Coach P. Maniam may have finally landed his dream job with Selangor after two previous disappointments, but it is shaping up as a tough initiation for the 48-year-old following the departure of some star players.
With Malaysian coach Ong Kim Swee set to name his squad on August 23, Vijhay Vick’s list of potential call-ups for the friendly against Indonesia on September 6 is dominated by former Harimau Muda players.
Johor Darul Ta'zim (JDT) II midfielder Zaquan Adha Abdul Radzak will cut short a holiday in Phuket to join the national squad after being named as R. Gopinathan's replacement following Darren Lok's failure to obtain his passport in time.
Malaysian coach Ong Kim Swee is expected to name his squad next week ahead of the two-legged 2019 Asian Cup qualifying playoff against Timor Leste in the beginning of June. Vijhay Vick lists several players that have impressed recently and can be considered for the national team, including those that missed the previous call-up due to injury.
Malaysians failed to make the cut on this year's Asia 50 list, which was dominated by European-based players, many of which hailed from Japan, South Korea and Australia. But here are five Malaysians that could be in the reckoning next year...
Malaysia are due to play Saudi Arabia on March 24 and coach Ong Kim Swee is slated to name his squad soon. FourFourFourTwo’s Vijhay Vick believes these players deserve a national call-up after their performances of late...