Analysis

Malaysia’s AFF Suzuki Cup 2010 championship-winning team

Malaysia overcame Thailand in the semifinal of the AFF Suzuki Cup 2018 to take a step closer to the trophy which they last won in 2010. While the current squad looks a whole lot different from the one that triumphed in 2010, there are still a couple of familiar faces.

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But what fortune has struck the old guard? Here, FOX Sports Asia looks at what the members of Malaysia’s starting XI on that day in 2010 are up to right now:

Khairul Fahmi Che Mat


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Khairul’s rise to prominence started in the 2010 AFF Suzuki Cup. After replacing Sharbinee Allawee for the second game against Thailand, Khairul made a mark, keeping three clean sheets en route to the final. He played a pivotal role in the final against Indonesia, saving a penalty in the second leg.

Khairul also represented the side in the 2012, 2014 and 2016 editions of the Suzuki Cup and is a part of the squad for the 2018 edition as well.

As for his club career, after winning the The Best Young Player and Best Goalkeeper awards in 2010 while representing Kelantan, he remained with the side until 2018, when he opted to sign for Melaka United, making his club debut in a draw against Perak.

With a total of five Best Goalkeeper awards to his name, Khairul has established himself as a Malaysian great.

Asraruddin Putra Omar

Asraruddin starred for Malaysia back in 2010. After a successful stint with Selangor where he won the Malaysia Super League, Asraruddin cemented his spot at left-back and played a prominent role for Harimau Malaya.

He remained at Selangor until 2013, but his form tailed away badly. A move to Johor Darul Ta’Zim resurrected his career to an extent, and he was a part of three title-winning teams (2014, 2015, 2016).

He is currently a part of Kampung Raja but his international prospects are all but over having failed to make the subsequent Suzuki Cup squads.

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