OFFICIAL: Mat Yo and Fahmi dropped by Kim Swee

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Perak and Kedah are the biggest contributors of squad members to the Malaysia national team for their matches against the Philippines and North Korea.


BY        ZULHILMI ZAINAL       Follow on Twitter


The Malaysian FA (FAM) has announced the 23-player call-up list for the Malaysian Tigers' international matches against the Philippines and North Korea. Forward Norshahrul Idlan Talaha and goalkeeper Khairul Fahmi Che Mat are among the notable names to have been dropped by head coach Datuk Ong Kim Swee.

In the list released on Thursday, Perak will contribute the lion's share of the squad members with six players, while Kedah are the second biggest contributors with five men.

Five names have been dropped from the previous call-up, Malaysia's disappointing 2016 AFF Cup campaign. They are Khairul Fahmi Che Mat (Kelantan), Irfan Fazail (JDT II), Ahmad Fakri Saarani (Kedah), Darren Lok (JDT) and Norshahrul Idlan Talaha (Felda United).

Fahmi, who until now has been Kim Swee's preferred goalkeeper, has seen his form for Kelantan dip this season, and he has also been sidelined in his club's past two matches.

Whereas for Norshahrul, although he began this season by scoring two goals in the Fighters' first two matches, has not found the back of the net again since. He had earlier received Kim Swee's call-up for the AFF Cup after a year's absence from the national team.

Their places will be replaced by Farizal Harun (Felda United), Afif Amiruddin (Pahang), Khair Jones (Melaka), Nasir Basharudin (Perak) and Akram Mahinan (Kedah).

Malaysia's Khair Jones (left) celebrating his goal with Brendan Gan 2016

Khair Jones (left) playing for Malaysia in 2016. Photo by FAM

No

Name

Age

Position

Team

1.

Hafizul Hakim Khairul Nizam Jothy

24

Goalkeeper

Perak

2.

Shahrom Abdul Kalam

32

Defender

Perak

3.

Nazirul Naim Che Hashim

24

Defender

Perak

4.

Shahrul Saad

24

Midfielder

Perak

5.

Nasir Basharudin

27

Midfielder

Perak

6.

Zaquan Adha Abd Radzak

30

Midfielder

Perak

7.

Khairul Helmi Johari

29

Defender

Kedah

8.

Rizal Ghazali

25

Defender

Kedah

9.

Baddrol Bakhtiar

29

Midfielder

Kedah

10.

Akram Mahinan

24

Midfielder

Kedah

11.

Syazwan Zainon

28

Midfielder

Kedah

12.

Fadhli Shas

26

Defender

Johor Darul Ta’zim

13.

Ahmad Hazwan Bakri

26

Attacker

Johor Darul Ta’zim

14.

Farizal Harun

31

Goalkeeper

Felda United

15.

Hadin Azman

23

Midfielder

Felda United

16.

Matthew Davies

22

Defender

Pahang

17.

Afif Amiruddin

33

Defender

Pahang

18.

Khairulazhan Khalid

28

Goalkeeper

Selangor

19.

Veenod Subramaniam

29

Midfielder

Selangor

20.

Khair Jones

28

Defender

Melaka

21.

Amri Yahyah

36

Attacker

Melaka

22.

Safee Sali

33

Attacker

PKNS FC

23.

Ronny Harun

33

Defender

Sarawak

The full 23-man call-up list

The March 23 match against the Philippines, Malaysia's first international match this year and since the AFF Cup, will be their preparation for their March 28 Asian Cup qualification group match against North Korea. The Tigers will play the Azkals in the Philippines.

The qualification match meanwhile had initially been scheduled to be played in Pyongyang, but the recent diplomatic incidents between the two countries have caused the AFC to mull moving the match to a neutral venue, with the Malaysian government having earlier barred the national team from travelling to North Korea for the match.

According to FAM, the decision is expected to be announced by the AFC on Friday.

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